The White House tossed a former top homeland security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence after she said President Donald Trump once suggested that COVID-19 could be a good thing because it would prevent him from shaking hands with "disgusting people" to give.
Olivia Troye is the youngest former member of the Trump administration to speak out against him and call on voters to deny him a second term – and the youngest to come from a White House that has grown accustomed to receiving fire from former insiders take, is classified as "angry".
Troye was a member of the White House coronavirus task force that Pence leads.
"I have no idea who she is, she doesn't know me," said President Donald Trump when asked about her as he was leaving the White House for a campaign rally.
“I just heard about it, I don't know her. She worked for the vice president, ”Trump said. "I have no idea who she is," Trump continued. "To the best of my knowledge, I never met her," he added.
Trump said Troye was "let loose" and had also written a "lovely letter," a term used for his exchange of bubbly letters with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, although he was unfamiliar with her.
An official White House photo showed them hanging out in the Roosevelt Room on March 11, meeting with health care leaders.
Other White House officials claimed she was "upset" after the lifelong Republican came out to support Democrat Joe Biden as president.
She joins a growing list that includes Miles Taylor, former Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security, and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
"I never knew her." Olivia Troye was in the Roosevelt Room with Donald Trump and Mike Pence on March 11th when the president and parts of his coronavirus task force – of which she was a part – met healthcare executives
Olivia Troye, a former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, said in a video released by Republicans against Trump that the president said, “Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don't like shaking hands with people. I don't have to shake hands with these gross people.
"I have no idea who she is, she doesn't know me," said President Donald Trump when asked about Troye Thursday
Here Olivia Troye (left) is photographed with Vice President Mike Pence (right) aboard Air Force Two
Troye, Pence's former Homeland Security adviser, said in a new video released Thursday by the group Republican Voters Against Trump that the work for Trump is "terrifying" and that he is more concerned about his re-election than about protecting himself Nation before the virus. She also said it was "awful".
"The truth is, he really only cares about himself," she says.
Troye claims that during a meeting of the task force she was attending, the president told the room, “Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don't like shaking hands with people. I don't have to shake hands with these gross people. & # 39; & # 39;
“These gross people are the same people he says he cares about. These are the people who still go to his rallies today and have full faith in him, "she says, insisting" if the president had taken this virus seriously or if he had actually tried to say how serious it was , it would have slowed the spread of the virus, it would have saved lives. & # 39;
Troye described himself as a lifelong "John McCain Republican".
“I've been a Republican all my life. I'm a McCain Republican, ”she said.
“I'm a Bush Republican and I am voting for Joe Biden because I truly believe we are in a time of constitutional crisis. At this point, it's country over party. & # 39;
Olivia Troye's video message asking Americans to vote for Democrat Joe Biden included photos of her with members of the coronavirus task force and other senior government officials
Troye, a lifelong Republican, said she plans to vote for Trump's Democratic challenger Joe Biden in November.
The White House adamantly denied that the exchange took place, and White House spokesman Judd Deere said, "Your allegations have no real basis and are utterly inaccurate."
He further dismissed Troye as "angry", saying she generally watched the task force meetings from a crowded staff room and had never been in private meetings with the president.
& # 39; wife. Troye is a former detailee and employee of the Department of Homeland Security. She is upset that her details have been cut because she was no longer able to carry out her day-to-day duties, ”added Keith Kellogg, Pence's national security adviser, who said Troye called him and never did a single one Times raised concerns about the government's response.
Trump himself told journalist Bob Woodward in recorded interviews that he had deliberately downplayed the virus in public comments, even though he was fully aware of the danger involved.
He is also a self-described germaphobic and denounced shaking hands before running for office.
Republican voters against Trump is one of several groups trying to convince Republicans and others who once supported the president that they should vote for Biden.
"Never before have so many high-ranking officials of an incumbent president spoken out against his re-election and approved his opponent," said Sarah Longwell, the strategic director of Republican Voters Against Trump, in a statement.
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