(PatrioticPost.com)- Miles Taylor revealed himself Wednesday as the author an anonymous 2018 op-ed that President Donald Trump once called treasonous.
At the time he wrote the anonymous op-ed, Taylor was serving as the chief of staff to Kirstjen Nielsen, the security secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. The op-ed and book that Miles eventually wrote was critical of the president.
On Wednesday, Taylor released a statement Wednesday that attempted to explain why he penned the anonymous op-ed and book. He said he was part of the “resistance” inside of the Trump administration that was working to stop Trump’s “worst inclinations.”
He said he was hoping to force the president to respond to the charges levied against him in the op-ed. He didn’t want Trump to be able to attack the messenger, though, which is why he penned it anonymously.
In his statement Wednesday, Taylor wrote:
“Much has been made of the fact that these writings were published anonymously. The decisions 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.
“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. I wanted the attention to be on the arguments themselves.”
When the anonymous op-ed was published in 2018, Trump urged Jeff Sessions, who was then the attorney general, to investigate it. A year after the op-ed was published, Taylor published a book (also anonymously) called “A Warning,” which was also critical of the president’s administration.
In the book, Taylor wrote that some members of the Trump team considered sabotaging the president so that he would resign from his position. In addition, the book claimed several officials within the administration kept letters of resignation for themselves ready to submit either on their laptops or in their desks.
Taylor left the administration in 2019. Since then, he has endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president. He also co-founded a Republican group that works to oppose Trump.
In his statement, Taylor wrote:
“I am a Republican, and I wanted this president to succeed. But too often in times of crisis, Donald Trump has proven 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.
“I witnessed Trump’s inability to do his job over the course of two-and-a-half years inside the administration. Everyone saw it, though most were hesitant to speak up for fear of reprisals.”
When Taylor endorsed Biden back in December, the White House criticized him. Trump himself even called Taylor a “disgruntled employee.”
Taylor, who also now acts as a contributor to CNN since September of this year, dropped quite the bombshell on Wednesday. The president is sure to respond in more depth as he learns the former employee who penned the infamous 2018 op-ed.