Taylor is a longtime Republican and political appointee at DHS from 2017-2019, endorsed the former Vice President in a video produced by the group Republican Voters Against Trump, where he made several allegations about Trump’s conduct. He wrote an op-ed published in The Washington Post calling the President as “dangerous” for America. Taylor served as chief of staff to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who also accused President Trump of repeatedly using his office for political purposes, including directing officials to cut wildfire relief funding to California because voters there overwhelmingly opposed him in 2016.
Taylor, endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential campaign on Monday, becoming one of the highest-ranking former Trump administration officials to do so.
Jared Kushner, White House advisor, dismissed Taylor as a “nice kid” in an interview on “The Situation Room” and claimed he wasn’t up to the job.
Taylor in a video said , “What we saw week in and week out, for me, after two and a half years in that administration was terrifying. We would go in to try to talk to him about a pressing national security issue. Cyber attack, terrorism threat, he was not interested in those things. To him, they were not priorities.”
“I am confident that Joe Biden will protect the country and I am confident that we won’t make the same mistakes as this President. Given what I have experienced in the administration, I have to support Joe Biden for president and even though I disagree on key issues”.
In the video, Taylor accuses Trump of directing FEMA to withhold disaster funding to California following devastating wildfires in that state because voters in that state had not voted for him for President.
On Tuesday morning, Trump himself downplayed Taylor’s role in his administration, calling him a “disgruntled employee” despite the fact he served at a senior level.
Trump’s son in law, Kushner, said “It makes a lot of sense to me that he is endorsing Joe Biden because when he was working at the Department of Homeland Security, no wall was built and the border was wide open. That’s why the President changed up the team there.”
Taylor, said in a video that, “He told us to stop giving money to people whose houses had burned down from a wildfire because he was so rage full that people in the state of California did not support him and that politically it was not a base for him”. Also he told that, “He said he wanted to go further and have a deliberate policy of ripping children away from their parents to show those parents that they should not come to the border in the first place.”
When officials pushed back on many of Trump’s demands because they were illegal, Trump responded by citing “magical authorities”, Taylor said, he claimed to have a President.
Trump was also accused by Taylor, for wanting to reapply the “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that separated migrant children from their families in a more draconian fashion in order to deter illegal immigration.
Taylor said, “He was one of the most unfocused and undisciplined senior executives I have ever encountered, I came away completely equipped based on firsthand experience that the President was ill-equipped and would not become equipped to do his job effectively, and that is worse, was actively doing damage to our national security.”
In March 2019 , when Trump moved to close a section of the US-Mexico border, Taylor said in his Washington Post op-ed, that officials that he opted for a section of the California-Mexico border, rather than Texas or Arizona, “because it would be better for him politically.”
The source said, Taylor has not had any conversation with the Biden campaign, but decided to approach the Republican Voters Against Trump group in order to speak out.
John Bolton, former national security advisor, have also spoken out against Trump, but few have taken the step of publicly endorsing Biden. Anthony Scaramucci, who briefly served as Trump’s communications director, has also voiced his support for Biden.