A former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security has revealed himself to be “Anonymous,” the author of a New York Times op-ed and book critical of the Trump presidency.
Miles Taylor made the announcement on Wednesday and released a statement about why he published the book the way he did. “Much has been made of the fact that these writings were published anonymously. The decision wasn’t easy, I wrestled with it, and I understand why some people consider it questionable to levy such serious charges against a sitting President under the cover of anonymity. But my reasoning was straightforward, and I stand by it.”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany didn’t hold back in her assessment of Taylor. “This low-level, disgruntled former staffer is a liar and a coward who chose anonymity over action and leaking over leading.” McEnany went on to say, “It is appalling a low-ranking official would be granted anonymity and it is clear the New York Times is doing the bidding of Never-Trumpers and Democrats.”
At a campaign stop in Arizona on Wednesday, Trump talked about Taylor as “a sleazebag who’s never worked in the White House.” Trump then continued, “Anonymous was a nobody, a disgruntled employee who was quickly removed from his job a long time ago for, they tell me, incompetence.
“You know where he works now? He works at CNN. Can you believe it? He works at CNN. He wrote a phony book.” The president also mocked Taylor for his ties to the New York Post and Google.
Trump wrapped up talking about “Anonymous” by saying, “I’ll tell you what. This guy, in my opinion, he should be prosecuted.”