Olivia Troye, a former homeland security official who served in Vice President Mike Pence’s office for the coronavirus task force, endorsed Joe Biden for president today.
She described her time in the White House (she resigned two months ago) as “terrifying” and said the president “could have saved lives” in his response to the coronavirus pandemic in a video released Thursday.
In the video, she says Trump was only concerned with his reelection.
A former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence assailed President Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic in a new video Thursday, adding to the growing list of former Trump administration officials who have criticized the President and, in several cases, endorsed his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
Olivia Troye, who was a homeland security adviser to Pence and his lead staffer on the White House’s coronavirus task force, charged in the two-minute video that Trump failed to protect the American public because he only cared about himself and getting reelected. Troye’s criticism is particularly striking because of her role working on the coronavirus task force, which Pence leads.
“Towards the middle of February, we knew it wasn’t a matter of if Covid would become a big pandemic here, it was a matter of when,” said Troye, who left the White House in late July. “But the President didn’t want to hear that, because his biggest concern was that we were in an election year, and how was this going to affect what he considered to be his record of success?”
At one coronavirus task force meeting, Troye claimed that Trump suggested “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 disgusting people,” Troye claimed Trump said at the meeting.
The White House denied Troye’s statements and predictably accused her of being a disgruntled former employee.
In this new ad @OliviaTroye reveals that during a COVID task force meeting, President Trump said “Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.”
— Republican Voters Against Trump (@RVAT2020) September 17, 2020
When Trump attended one meeting, Olivia Troye said, he spoke for 45 minutes about how poorly he was being treated by certain personalities on Fox News.
"He spent more time about who was going to call Fox and yell at them to set them straight than he did on the virus." https://t.co/hZfyUKvDz8
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 17, 2020
Asked Trump about former VP aide Olivia Troye who criticized his handling of virus today. His response was a familiar one: “I have no idea who she is, she doesn’t know me.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 17, 2020