President Trump on Wednesday called for the New York Times to fire employees responsible for an explosive 2018 op-ed after its anonymous author was revealed as little-known former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor.
“Who is Miles Taylor? Said he was ‘anonymous’, but I don’t know him — never even heard of him,” Trump tweeted during a campaign trip in Arizona.
“Just another @nytimes SCAM — he worked in conjunction with them. Also worked for Big Tech’s @Google. Now works for Fake News @CNN. They should fire, shame, and punish everybody associated with this FRAUD on the American people!”
Taylor, 33, outed himself as the anonymous author in a tweet and blog post on Wednesday.
Taylor was DHS chief of staff for less than a year and left the department in November 2019. He was hired as a paid CNN contributor last month after he cut an anti-Trump ad for the group Republican Voters Against Trump.
His LinkedIn profile says he’s on leave from Google, where he works as US Lead for Advanced Technology and Security Strategy.
Taylor anonymously wrote the book, “A Warning,” last year.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany dismissed Taylor as a “low-level” aide in a Wednesday afternoon statement.
“This low-level, disgruntled former staffer is a liar and a coward who chose anonymity over action and leaking over leading,” McEnany said.
“He was ineffective and incompetent during his time as DHS Chief of Staff which is why he was promptly fired after only serving in this role for a matter of weeks. 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.”
Taylor — who lied to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in August when he denied he was “Anonymous” on air — triggered intense speculation about the identity of the disgruntled staffer in September 2018 when he wrote of “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations.”
The op-ed contained few specific policy agreements, but faulted Trump’s “preference for autocrats and dictators” and his approach to Russia.