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Opinion: Why we should listen to what Olivia Troye says about Donald Trump

September 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Miles Taylor writes that Olivia Troye put herself at great risk reputationally, personally, and professionally by turning herself into the nation's body cam and bringing transparency to a White House that thrives on misdirection and deceit. She deserves to be listened to.

Miles Taylor served at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Trump Administration from 2017 to 2019, including as chief of staff to former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

(CNN)Last week the White House was hit by a bombshell: A former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence, who was intimately involved in the administration's response to the coronavirus, blamed President Trump for mishandling the crisis and causing unnecessary deaths.

Troye surprised the Trump administration by dropping a damning video testimonial about the President, and the White House immediately went on the offensive.

Until her departure in July, Troye was Vice President Pence's homeland security adviser, the top aide responsible for advising him on everything from terrorist attacks and natural disasters to global pandemics.

Troye was in key meetings with the President, Vice President, and administration leaders all throughout the pandemic response.

Vice President Pence personally thanked me over lunch one day for referring Troye to serve on his team, saying she was doing an incredible job.

Ever since I went public with my concerns about the damage Trump has done to our nation's security, he has pretended that I didn't see him in meetings in the Oval Office, White House Situation Room, Air Force One flights, threat briefings, and more while serving as chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security in his administration.

But it won't protect him from the fact that countless national security officials like me and Troye have witnessed Donald Trump's failures in moments of national crisis, and we won't be silenced.

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