Pence Calls Former Aide Voting For Biden “Disgruntled”
Olivia Troye, who worked as homeland security, counterterrorism, and coronavirus adviser to Vice President Mike Pence for two years, says in a new ad that the administration’s response cost lives and that she will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this fall because of her experience in the Trump White House.
Troye appears in a new ad from Republican Voters Against Trump and says Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic showed a “flat out disregard for human life” because his “main concern was the economy and his reelection,” according to a senior adviser on the White House coronavirus task force who left the White House in August. Troye is the first Trump administration official who worked extensively on the coronavirus response to speak out against Trump and his mishandling of the pandemic. Troye joins a growing number of former officials, including former national security adviser John Bolton and former defense secretary Jim Mattis, who have spoken about their concerns regarding what happened during their time in the administration while declaring that Trump is unfit to be president.
“If the president had taken this virus seriously, or if he had actually made an effort to tell how serious it was, he would have slowed the virus spread, he would have saved lives,” Troye says in the ad. She also claims Trump made a statement during a task force meeting that the coronavirus might be a “good thing” because he wouldn’t need to shake hands with “these disgusting people,” referring to his supporters.
Now Troye’s former boss is dismissing her as a “disgruntled employee”.
Asked about Troye’s remarks, Pence said he hadn’t read them in detail, but still brushed them off.
The Vice President just responded about his former homeland security adviser. Olivia Troye, who is now supporting Biden. Pence describes her as “one more disgruntled employee who's left the WH decided to play politics during an election year…”
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) September 17, 2020
“It reads to me like one more disgruntled employee that has decided to play politics during [an] election year,” Pence said at the White House when asked about Troye. “My staff has indicated and she made no comments like that when she was serving under our team here at the White House.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done,” Pence added, touting the White House response to the coronavirus.
Miles Taylor, the Former Chief of Staff at the Department of Homeland Security was quick to tweet his defense of Troye, citing several examples of Trump administration officials who had spoken highly of her prior to this new announcement.
LOL. Literally another person who *this year* personally told me how amazing Olivia was as Pence’s homeland security advisor. Come on, y’all. At some point you must feel morally exhausted showing fealty to Trump and railroading your friends. https://t.co/tTd75ghEmz
— Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) September 17, 2020
Taylor also spoke with Wolf Blitzer to speak to Troye’s impeccable tenure on Pence’s staff.
“Her testimonial is the clearest evidence yet that the President botched the response and cared more about his reelection effort,” @MilesTaylorUSA says on Olivia Troye, a former top aide to VP Mike Pence, rebuking the President’s pandemic response. https://t.co/UJmuC4ZbZ6 pic.twitter.com/W2xVkDfEL9
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) September 17, 2020