Olivia Troye, a homeland security adviser and chief executive of the White House Coronavirus team, accused in the two-minute video that Trump failed to protect the American public because he only cared about himself and was re-elected. Troye’s criticism is particularly impressive because of her role in the coronavirus team led by Pence.
“By mid-February, we knew it was not a question of whether Covid would become a major pandemic here, it was a question of when,” said Troy, who left the White House in late July. “But the President did not want to hear that, because his biggest concern was that we were in an election year, and how would that affect what he saw as his success record?”
At a meeting of the Koran virus team, Troy claimed that Trump suggested “maybe this Covid is good.”
“I do not like to manipulate people. I do not need to manipulate these disgusting people,” Troy was quoted as saying by Trump.
White House Deputy Spokeswoman Judd Deere said: “Apart from watching the White House Coronavirus Working Group from the infiltration room, this disgruntled former analyst has never been in private meetings with the President and her allegations. they have no basis in fact and are inaccurate “
Lt. Keith Kellogg, Pence’s national security adviser, said in a statement that Troye was “unhappy that the detail was too short.”
“Ms. Troye reported to me immediately, and never during her details did she express any concerns about the Coronavirus Management’s response to anyone in her hierarchy,” Kellogg said.
The video was released by Republican Voters Against Trump, a GOP team that seeks to defeat Trump in November. Troye also joined a new anti-Trump group formed by Republicans, the Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform, or REPAIR, which says it seeks to “redefine Democratic Party priorities and repair democracy”.
The team announced more than two dozen advisers Thursday, including Troye and several former Trump officials who worked in the Department of Homeland Security: former DHS general counsel John Mitnick, former assistant secretary Elizabeth Neumann, and former chief executive Miles Taylor. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Anthony Scaramucci, who briefly served as White House communications director, and Josh Venable, who led Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, are also part of the team.
Taylor, the group’s co-founder and CNN contributor, said REPAIR was linked to Republican voters against Trump, but while the organization was focusing on Trump’s victory, REPAIR was not backing Biden and was looking into what would happen after Trump’s resignation.
“We will be the largest group to date of former Trump administration officials who have come together to say we need to get past Donald Trump and move the party and the country beyond his presidency,” Taylor said.
Republicans criticizing Trump are nothing new, and there have been GOP voices attacking him since launching his 2016 campaign. Republican groups, such as the Lincoln Project, are actively campaigning against the president in 2020.
But in recent months there has been a growing number of officials working in the Trump administration and then criticizing the president. The book by former National Security Adviser John Bolton paints a flattering portrait of Trump, and both former Secretary of Defense James Matt and former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates harshly praised Trump in a new book by Bob Woodward.
Several Republicans have gone even further and approved of Biden, including Scaramucci, Neumann and Taylor.
Troy, who took a job at the National Insurance Crime Bureau when he left the Trump administration, endorsed Biden in a video released Thursday. She has worked in several federal offices throughout her counterterrorism and intelligence career, including as vice president since 2018. She said she decided to step down because she felt her job did not make a difference thanks to Trump.
“It matters,” he said, “because no matter how hard you work and what you do, the President will do something that is detrimental to keeping Americans safe, so why did you take on this role?”
In her farewell email to colleagues, which was received by CNN, Troye wrote that “she had watched first hand how devoted and devoted you all have done the right thing.”
“Thank you for trusting me to be your rock in this difficult time. I will always take root for you knowing that you will continue to fight the good fight,” he said.