WASHINGTON – Miles Taylor, who revealed on Wednesday he was the anonymous author of a 2018 New York Times opinion piece criticizing President Trump, is a longtime Republican whose service as a senior official in Homeland security in the Trump administration has led him to endorse former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee, for president this year.
In the Times essay and in a subsequent book titled “A Warning,” Mr. Taylor anonymously described what he called Mr. Trump’s “amorality”, writing that he had witnessed the behavior dysfunctional role of the president as part of a “silent resistance within the people’s administration.” choose to prioritize the country. “
On Wednesday, he revealed his identity and role in the administration as a senior official in the Department of Homeland Security. Mr Taylor, 33, eventually became chief of staff to Kirstjen Nielsen, Mr Trump’s third homeland security secretary. In this post, Mr. Taylor was one of the most senior political officials in the vast department, which employs more than 240,000 people.
As Ms. Nielsen’s senior advisor, Mr. Taylor was in frequent meetings with senior White House officials and sometimes with the President. He had access to decision-making meetings within the ministry and with other agencies on a range of topics such as immigration, cybersecurity, terrorism, and border security.
A graduate of Indiana University and a Marshall Fellow who studied international relations at the University of Oxford, Mr. Taylor has spent much of his career on Capitol Hill. He worked as a staff member on the House Appropriations Committee and later as a senior assistant to Republican lawmakers focused on national security issues.
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For several years, Mr. Taylor was a key contributor to Representative Michael McCaul, Republican of Texas, who was chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Mr. Taylor served as a national security adviser to the committee and was a key contributor to the Counter-Terrorist and Foreign Fighters Travel Task Force report, which the committee released in 2015.
Mr. Taylor joined the Department of Homeland Security in 2017, first as a senior advisor in the agency when John F. Kelly was the secretary and Ms. Nielsen was its chief of staff. When Mr Kelly left to become the White House chief of staff and was replaced by Ms Nielsen, Mr Taylor became the deputy chief of staff and was subsequently promoted to the highest post.
After Mr. Trump expelled Ms. Nielsen from the administration in April 2019, Mr. Taylor served as chief of staff to Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of the department, until his resignation in June.
Google hired Mr. Taylor to head the National Security Policy Engagement at the end of 2019. He was criticized by some company employees for his role in administration when Ms. Nielsen helped. to separate migrant children from their families at the border. . Google management defended the hiring of Mr. Taylor and then promoted him to the head of advanced technology and security strategy.
Mr. Taylor took time off from Google this summer to speak publicly about his concerns about the Trump administration and to campaign for Mr. Biden. At the time, he did not disclose that he was anonymous and in fact repeatedly denied it.
In an August 21 interview on CNN, Anderson Cooper asked Mr. Taylor if he was the anonymous author.
“I wear a mask for two things, Anderson,” Mr. Taylor said. “Halloween and pandemics. So no.”
Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary, said on twitter Wednesday that the interview was proof Mr. Taylor was a liar.
“EVIDENCE: Miles Taylor, who now admits to being ‘anonymous’, once told us he was NOT anonymous. He lied! “She wrote.” That’s all people hate about Washington – two-faced liars pushing their own agendas to the detriment of the people. It‘s the epitome of the swamp! “
Speculation over Anonymous’s identity had been fierce, with readers pointing to specific passages in the Op-Ed essay and the book as clues as to who must have written them.
Mr. Taylor’s use of the word “lodestar” in the Times article prompted some to suggest that Vice President Mike Pence was the author because he had used the word in speeches. Others noted that the author appeared to have special reverence for Senator John McCain, writing in “A Warning” that he was angry when Mr Trump refused to keep the flags fluttering halfway after death. of the senator.
Several readers of the book have noted the author’s repeated references to Cicero, a Roman statesman, politician, and philosopher during the time of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Mr. Taylor cites the work of Cicero “De Officiis” to assess the behavior of Mr. Trump in power.
“In the form of a letter to his son, Cicero was explaining how a public servant should behave,” Mr. Taylor wrote in the book. “What does this have to do with Donald Trump? Well, Cicero gave us a helpful guide to measuring the character of a leader.