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Published on October 29, 2020 12:39 AM

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Miles Taylor Admits Writing Damaging  Anonymous New York Times Editorial
Miles Taylor is an American former government official in the Trump administration. He was a Trump administration appointee who served in the United States Department of Homeland Security from 2017 to 2019, including as Chief of Staff to former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. While in the DHS, he helped craft talking points for the administration to defend its family separation policy. A lifelong Republican and a former top official at the Department of Homeland Security, Miles Taylor left his position at Google this summer to campaign for Joseph R. Biden Jr.

In August 2020, while on leave from his job at Google, he produced an ad for Republican Voters Against Trump, denouncing Trump and endorsing Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Taylor was the first former senior Trump administration staffer to endorse Biden. As of August 2020, he is the highest-ranking former member of the administration to endorse Biden.

In October 2020, Taylor revealed himself to be the anonymous writer of the essay 'I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration' and the best-selling book A Warning .

Taylor wrote as anonymous Trump administration official and described an internal 'resistance' to President Trump, their identity has been revealed.

Miles Taylor is a former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff under Trump In a statement to The New York Times and CNN on Wednesday revealed himself as the anonymous official who wrote a 2018 op-ed about being part of a 'quiet resistance within the administration.' Taylor also later anonymously published a book critical of Trump called 'A Warning'.

Chris Cuomo on October 28, 2020 critisized Miles Taylor for denying in a past CNN interview that he was the author of an "anonymous" New York Times op-ed slamming the president.

"You lied to us, Miles," Cuomo told the former Homeland Security staffer. "You were asked in August if you were "anonymous" here on CNN with Anderson Cooper, and you said "no.'

"Now, why should CNN keep you on the payroll after lying like that?" Cuomo asked Taylor, who's been a contributor to the network since September.

Taylor had just admitted to being "anonymous," and told Cuomo that he strategically hid his identity in to try to influence Trump to address his written accusations instead of personally attacking him.

"We have seen over the course of four years, that Donald Trump's preference is to find personal attacks and distractions to pull people away from criticisms of his record," Taylor said.

"I wrote that work anonymously to deprive him of that opportunity and to force him to answer the questions on their merits," he added.

Regardless of his intentions, Taylor said, Trump has "failed to deny what was in" his 2019 book, "A Warning," which bashed the president as an "undisciplined" and "amoral" leader.

Taylor, who resigned from DHS in April 2019, also said was wrong for lying to Cooper and other reporters who have questioned if was "anonymous."

"I owe Anderson Cooper a beer, I owe him a mea culpa," Taylor said.

When asked by Anderson, whether he was 'Anonymous' during that time period, Taylor said he knew that eventually he would use his own name to reveal himself.

'I owe an apology for having to maintain that necessary misdirection for that period of time in order for that argument to work.'

Taylor has now publicly endorsed Joe Biden for president, and accused Donald Trump wanting to 'exploit the Department of Homeland Security for his own political purposes and to fuel his own agenda.'

'Too often in times of crisis, I saw Donald Trump prove he is a man without character, and his personal defects have resulted in leadership failures so significant that they can be measured in lost American lives,' Taylor writes in his statement. 'I witnessed Trump's inability to do his job over the course of two-and-a-half years. Everyone saw it, though most were hesitant to speak up for fear of reprisals.'

Taylor goes on to defend his decision to remain anonymous until this point by saying that 'issuing my critiques without attribution forced the president to answer them directly on their merits or not at all, rather than creating distractions through petty insults and name-calling.' He also urges other Trump administration officials to speak out, writing, 'it's time to come forward and shine a light on the discord that's infected our public discourse.'

Taylor also warned against what he said would prove to be a "catastrophic' and 'irrevocable' four years if Trump is elected for a second term.

He said that if Trump continues for another four years, that Trump will feel confident enough to pursue "Nazi-like immigration policies', such as bringing back border separation.

"That's where that's really where they want to go is turn this country into fortress America rather than the shining city on a hill,' he said.

Taylor told Cuomo that he believes Trump would "sell out our allies and befriend our enemies', putting the country in danger.

"He's already shown a proclivity for dictatorships and dictators around the world,' he said. "The president will pull out of NATO, pull our troops back from places where they're fighting forward so Americans don't have to fight bad guys here at home on our city streets. I think if the guard rails come off, which they have, the president will feel unimpeded.'

Trump administration officials called Taylor a "liar'.

Early life and education Taylor grew up in La Porte, Indiana and graduated from La Porte High School in 2006 as valedictorian. He received a Bachelor of Arts in international security studies from Indiana University Bloomington, which he attended as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and Herman B. Wells Scholar. As a senior, he received IU's inaugural Presidential Student Internship.

Taylor received an MPhil in International Relations from New College, Oxford, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar.

Career In 2007, while in college, Taylor interned in the office of the Secretary of Defense and the office of Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2008, he worked as Briefing Book coordinator at the Department of Homeland Security. In 2009 he served as a regional policy intern for the Defense Department.

Taylor was a political appointee in the administration of George W. Bush. He was a staffer for the House Appropriations Committee and then the Committee on Homeland Security, where he was advisor to its chair, Michael McCaul. He was McCaul's chief speechwriter and the Majority Staff Lead for the congressional Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel. In 2015 he was named a Penn Kemble Fellow by the National Endowment for Democracy.

Department of Homeland Security From February 2017 to June 2019, Taylor worked at the Department of Homeland Security, including serving as Chief of Staff for Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf. Taylor defended a version of the Trump administration's Muslim ban, and was also involved in defending the Trump administration policy of migrant family separation.

In October 2020, Taylor revealed himself to be 'Anonymous', the author of the New York Times September 5, 2018, op-ed, 'I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration' and the follow-up book, A Warning, published in November 2019.

In August 2020, Taylor said that in April 2019 he had personally witnessed President Trump offer Homeland Security staff federal pardons for any criminal prosecution arising from their actions in stopping illegal immigration to the United States, and at that point Taylor decided to resign from the Department. White House spokesman Judd Deere rejected Taylor's allegations, and described him as 'another creature of the D.C. Swamp who never understood the importance of the President's agenda or why the American people elected him and clearly just wants to cash-in'.

Google In September 2019 Taylor was hired by Google as a government affairs and public policy manager with a title of Head of National Security. He is a senior fellow at Auburn University's McCrary Center for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Joe Biden campaign In August 2020, Taylor took a leave from Google to support Joe Biden's presidential campaign. He made an ad for Republican Voters Against Trump, denouncing Trump and endorsing Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin said it was possibly 'the most compelling of the 2020 election cycle'. In August, Taylor also wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post ; Rubin said it 'adds detail to what we could have only surmised was the story behind chaotic policy rollouts.' The next day, Taylor appeared on multiple news and analysis shows saying that other former members of the Trump administration were considering speaking out similarly.

Journalist Judy Woodruff asked Taylor in a PBS NewsHour interview why he had spoken out when he did rather than immediately after leaving the administration. Taylor responded,

If I had come out and talked about Donald Trump a year ago, when I left the administration, he's a master of distraction. He would have buried it within a day, and it wouldn't have mattered to voters. But, right now, American voters are reviewing the president's resume...so, I think there's no more important time for me or other ex-Trump officials to come out and actually talk about what the experience was inside the administration and what kind of man sits behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

Taylor was the first former senior Trump administration staffer to endorse Biden. As of August 2020, he is the highest-ranking former member of the administration to endorse Biden.Miles Taylor is an American former government official in the Trump administration. He was a Trump administration appointee who served in the United States Department of Homeland Security from 2017 to 2019, including as Chief of Staff to former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. While in the DHS, he helped craft talking points for the administration to defend its family separation policy.

A lifelong Republican and a former top official at the Department of Homeland Security, Miles Taylor left his position at Google this summer to campaign for Joseph R. Biden Jr.

In August 2020, while on leave from his job at Google, he produced an ad for Republican Voters Against Trump, denouncing Trump and endorsing Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Taylor was the first former senior Trump administration staffer to endorse Biden. As of August 2020, he is the highest-ranking former member of the administration to endorse Biden.

In October 2020, Taylor revealed himself to be the anonymous writer of the essay 'I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration' and the best-selling book A Warning .

Taylor wrote as anonymous Trump administration official and described an internal 'resistance' to President Trump, their identity has been revealed.

Miles Taylor is a former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff under Trump In a statement to The New York Times and CNN on Wednesday revealed himself as the anonymous official who wrote a 2018 op-ed about being part of a 'quiet resistance within the administration.' Taylor also later anonymously published a book critical of Trump called 'A Warning'.

Chris Cuomo on October 28, 2020 critisized Miles Taylor for denying in a past CNN interview that he was the author of an "anonymous" New York Times op-ed slamming the president.

"You lied to us, Miles," Cuomo told the former Homeland Security staffer. "You were asked in August if you were "anonymous" here on CNN with Anderson Cooper, and you said "no.'

"Now, why should CNN keep you on the payroll after lying like that?" Cuomo asked Taylor, who's been a contributor to the network since September.

Taylor had just admitted to being "anonymous," and told Cuomo that he strategically hid his identity in to try to influence Trump to address his written accusations instead of personally attacking him.

"We have seen over the course of four years, that Donald Trump's preference is to find personal attacks and distractions to pull people away from criticisms of his record," Taylor said.

"I wrote that work anonymously to deprive him of that opportunity and to force him to answer the questions on their merits," he added.

Regardless of his intentions, Taylor said, Trump has "failed to deny what was in" his 2019 book, "A Warning," which bashed the president as an "undisciplined" and "amoral" leader.

Taylor, who resigned from DHS in April 2019, also said was wrong for lying to Cooper and other reporters who have questioned if was "anonymous."

"I owe Anderson Cooper a beer, I owe him a mea culpa," Taylor said.

When asked by Anderson, whether he was 'Anonymous' during that time period, Taylor said he knew that eventually he would use his own name to reveal himself.

'I owe an apology for having to maintain that necessary misdirection for that period of time in order for that argument to work.'

Taylor has now publicly endorsed Joe Biden for president, and accused Donald Trump wanting to 'exploit the Department of Homeland Security for his own political purposes and to fuel his own agenda.'

'Too often in times of crisis, I saw Donald Trump prove he is a man without character, and his personal defects have resulted in leadership failures so significant that they can be measured in lost American lives,' Taylor writes in his statement. 'I witnessed Trump's inability to do his job over the course of two-and-a-half years. Everyone saw it, though most were hesitant to speak up for fear of reprisals.'

Taylor goes on to defend his decision to remain anonymous until this point by saying that 'issuing my critiques without attribution forced the president to answer them directly on their merits or not at all, rather than creating distractions through petty insults and name-calling.' He also urges other Trump administration officials to speak out, writing, 'it's time to come forward and shine a light on the discord that's infected our public discourse.'

Taylor also warned against what he said would prove to be a "catastrophic' and 'irrevocable' four years if Trump is elected for a second term.

He said that if Trump continues for another four years, that Trump will feel confident enough to pursue "Nazi-like immigration policies', such as bringing back border separation.

"That's where that's really where they want to go is turn this country into fortress America rather than the shining city on a hill,' he said.

Taylor told Cuomo that he believes Trump would "sell out our allies and befriend our enemies', putting the country in danger.

"He's already shown a proclivity for dictatorships and dictators around the world,' he said. "The president will pull out of NATO, pull our troops back from places where they're fighting forward so Americans don't have to fight bad guys here at home on our city streets. I think if the guard rails come off, which they have, the president will feel unimpeded.'

Trump administration officials called Taylor a "liar'.

Early life and education Taylor grew up in La Porte, Indiana and graduated from La Porte High School in 2006 as valedictorian. He received a Bachelor of Arts in international security studies from Indiana University Bloomington, which he attended as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and Herman B. Wells Scholar. As a senior, he received IU's inaugural Presidential Student Internship.

Taylor received an MPhil in International Relations from New College, Oxford, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar.

Career In 2007, while in college, Taylor interned in the office of the Secretary of Defense and the office of Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2008, he worked as Briefing Book coordinator at the Department of Homeland Security. In 2009 he served as a regional policy intern for the Defense Department.

Taylor was a political appointee in the administration of George W. Bush. He was a staffer for the House Appropriations Committee and then the Committee on Homeland Security, where he was advisor to its chair, Michael McCaul. He was McCaul's chief speechwriter and the Majority Staff Lead for the congressional Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel. In 2015 he was named a Penn Kemble Fellow by the National Endowment for Democracy.

Department of Homeland Security From February 2017 to June 2019, Taylor worked at the Department of Homeland Security, including serving as Chief of Staff for Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf. Taylor defended a version of the Trump administration's Muslim ban, and was also involved in defending the Trump administration policy of migrant family separation.

In October 2020, Taylor revealed himself to be 'Anonymous', the author of the New York Times September 5, 2018, op-ed, 'I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration' and the follow-up book, A Warning, published in November 2019.

In August 2020, Taylor said that in April 2019 he had personally witnessed President Trump offer Homeland Security staff federal pardons for any criminal prosecution arising from their actions in stopping illegal immigration to the United States, and at that point Taylor decided to resign from the Department. White House spokesman Judd Deere rejected Taylor's allegations, and described him as 'another creature of the D.C. Swamp who never understood the importance of the President's agenda or why the American people elected him and clearly just wants to cash-in'.

Google In September 2019 Taylor was hired by Google as a government affairs and public policy manager with a title of Head of National Security. He is a senior fellow at Auburn University's McCrary Center for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Joe Biden campaign In August 2020, Taylor took a leave from Google to support Joe Biden's presidential campaign. He made an ad for Republican Voters Against Trump, denouncing Trump and endorsing Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin said it was possibly 'the most compelling of the 2020 election cycle'. In August, Taylor also wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post ; Rubin said it 'adds detail to what we could have only surmised was the story behind chaotic policy rollouts.' The next day, Taylor appeared on multiple news and analysis shows saying that other former members of the Trump administration were considering speaking out similarly.

Journalist Judy Woodruff asked Taylor in a PBS NewsHour interview why he had spoken out when he did rather than immediately after leaving the administration. Taylor responded,

If I had come out and talked about Donald Trump a year ago, when I left the administration, he's a master of distraction. He would have buried it within a day, and it wouldn't have mattered to voters. But, right now, American voters are reviewing the president's resume...so, I think there's no more important time for me or other ex-Trump officials to come out and actually talk about what the experience was inside the administration and what kind of man sits behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

Taylor was the first former senior Trump administration staffer to endorse Biden. As of August 2020, he is the highest-ranking former member of the administration to endorse Biden.