Former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor on Thursday said that administration advisers have expressed concerns about President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Obama enters battle, enraging Trump Harris pledges to fight for country’s ideals in accepting VP nomination Pelosi paints Trump and McConnell as twin impediments to progress MORE’s “mental acuity.”
“It’s easy to make light of this,” Taylor, who served as chief of staff to former DHS Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenHere are the high-profile Republicans backing Biden Former Trump DHS official: The president’s ‘mind is not on his job’ Ex-DHS staffer whom Trump said he never heard of shares picture of them together: ‘Haven’t forgotten you though!’ MORE said in an appearance on CNN’s “New Day.”
“The Internet’s flooded with memes of really funny instances of Donald Trump showing less-than-great mental acuity. But this was discussed often. This was discussed daily. I am telling you with every fiber of my being, that some of the President’s closest advisers did not think he had the mental acuity to do the actual job.
“We would go in there in meetings … you would sit there trying to keep your jaw from hitting the floor because you’re trying to present the president sensitive threat intelligence and information that he needs to consider and he can’t keep his mind on it.”
JUST NOW: “I am telling you with every fiber of my being, that some of the President’s closest advisers did not think he had the mental acuity to do the actual job.”@MilesTaylorUSA tells @NewDay
of concerns he says he say inside the WH.pic.twitter.com/MPARGPIGC6
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) August 20, 2020
Taylor, who earlier this week said he was backing Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris pledges to fight for country’s ideals in accepting VP nomination Pelosi paints Trump and McConnell as twin impediments to progress Democratic stars unleash fury of assaults on Trump MORE‘s bid for the White House, added that he “hardly ever saw” Trump read a document, “but he did love pictures. He loved pictures and there were many occasions where we had to go see the president and we figured out that the best way to convince him of something was to get a really good graphic of it.”
Taylor previously cut an ad for the group Republican Voters Against Trump and said in an op-ed that Trump sought to “exploit the Department of Homeland Security for his own political purposes and to fuel his own agenda.”
The president lashed out in response, calling Taylor a “former DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEE … who I do not know.” The former official responded by posting a picture of himself with Trump in the Oval Office.