We now know the identity of the anonymous “senior” White House official who the Times claimed authored a scathing 2018 op-ed on President Donald Trump, and, guess what, he’s not who the Times claimed that he was.
Back in September of 2018, the Times published an op-ed called “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” To give you some idea of the article, the subheading reads, “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
The Times claimed that the article was written by a senior White House official, and the intent was clear: it was to make it look as though there was great dissension within the Trump administration, to make it look as though his own senior officials were plotting against him.
Reports like this one have been a dime a dozen since Trump took office. But, many have long suspected that they are not what they appear to be, and we now have proof that this is true — as least in regard to this particular op-ed.
On Wednesday, the author of the 2018 Times article revealed himself, and he is far from a “senior” administration official.
His name is Miles Taylor, and he worked as chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security under Kirstjen Nielsen, and had very little access to the president, according to Breitbart’s report. While Taylor eventually became the DHS chief of staff, he was apparently only serving as a policy adviser when the op-ed was written, The Washington Examiner’s Byron York pointed out.
Important to note that Miles Taylor was not DHS chief of staff on September 5, 2018, when he published ‘Anonymous’ op-ed in NYT. He was a DHS policy adviser, which NYT characterized as a ‘senior official in the Trump administration.’
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 28, 2020
Taylor has since resigned, worked for Google, and now is a CNN contributor who has been campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Notably, Taylor denied being the anonymous author of the “Resistance” op-ed on CNN in August.
Trump strikes back
The Trump administration responded with some bitter words for Taylor. “This low-level, disgruntled former staffer is a liar and a coward who chose anonymity over action and leaking over leading,” the administration wrote in a statement. It continued:
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. The American people elected President Trump to carry out his vision for the country, not an arrogant deep state operative trying to put their agenda ahead of the President’s America First policies.
Trump also weighed in on Twitter:
….He also worked at, of all places, @Google. They all have big liability!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2020