Miles Taylor said the pressure from the White House to focus on immigration enforcement kept senior DHS officials from focusing on other issues.
President Donald Trump personally ordered his secretary of homeland security to head to the border at least half a dozen times, taking her away from her focus on pressing national security matters, according to her former chief of staff.
Miles Taylor, who worked in the Department of Homeland Security from 2017 to 2019, told POLITICO that Trump often ordered former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to leave her post in D.C. and head to the southwest border.
“‘Get your ass on TV at the border, what are you doing, what the hell are you doing?’” the president told Nielsen, according to Taylor.
As Taylor described it, Trump was fixated on being able to watch his homeland security team in action. “He would order us to go to the border so he could see us down there doing work,” Taylor said. “Do you actually think Kirstjen and I are putting up the steel bollards? That was dispiriting, to say the very least.”
“Quite literally there would be threat streams that we would read about in the PDB [President’s Daily Brief] and we’d be like, ‘Shit, we’ve got to spend the day on this!’ And the president would call and we’d be like, ‘Nope, not going to be able to spend the day on this because he’s focused on dah-dah dah-dah.”
Trump, meanwhile, tweeted that Taylor is “a former DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEE” who he had never heard of. Taylor responded by tweeting a picture of him and Trump side by side, both giving the camera big thumbs-ups.
More at the link above. This way of trying to post adds about a dozen more steps I have to make for each post, and it has already denied me posting one post for no reason for about two minutes and then posted it. Plus I have to do added steps to put the categories in. I hate it. The old way worked so easily. Angry hugs