“A lot has been done by the fact that these writings have been published anonymously. The decision has not been easy, I have fought it and I understand why some people think it is doubtful to impose such serious accusations against a sitting president under the guise of anonymity … But my reasoning was clear and I support it, “Taylor wrote.
“Issuing my criticism without attribution forced the president to respond directly or not at all, instead of creating distraction through petty insults and cursing,”
Taylor joined CNN as a contributor in September 2020.
He had previously denied being “anonymous”. Asked in August by CNN’s Anderson Cooper if he had written that version and book, Taylor said: “I’m wearing a mask for two things, Anderson: Halloween and pandemics. So no.”
“I am a Republican and I wanted this president to succeed,” Taylor said in a statement Wednesday. “But all too often during a crisis, Donald Trump has proven to be a man without character, and his personal flaws have led to leadership failures so significant that they can be measured in lost American lives.”
White House spokeswoman Kaylee McEnnany said in a statement Wednesday after Taylor’s identity was revealed that “this former low-level employee is a disgruntled liar and coward who chose anonymity over actions and leaks over the presenter.”
“It is appalling that a low-ranking official will be given anonymity, and it is clear that the New York Times is carrying out the orders of Never Troublers and Democrats,” Mackinani said.
Taylor said he hoped more people in the government would speak out against Trump, noting that several senior officials have done so in various ways since leaving the administration.
“I witnessed Trump’s inability to do his job within two and a half years in the administration. Everyone saw him, although most were hesitant to speak out for fear of reprisals,” Taylor wrote.
In the 2018 issue, entitled “I’m part of the resistance in the Trump administration,” Taylor wrote anonymously that “many senior officials in his own administration are working hard from within to thwart parts of his agenda and the worst his inclinations. ”
But Taylor said the original statement was incorrect.
“The country cannot rely on well-meaning, unelected bureaucrats around the president to point him in the right direction,” Taylor said on Wednesday. “He’s cleared most of them anyway.”
This story has been updated with a White House statement.