Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night blasted Miles Taylor for denying in a past CNN interview that he was the author of an “anonymous” New York Times op-ed slamming the president.
“You lied to us, Miles,” Cuomo told the former Homeland Security staffer. “You were asked in August if you were “anonymous” here on CNN with Anderson Cooper, and you said ‘no.’
“Now, why should CNN keep you on the payroll after lying like that?” Cuomo asked Taylor, who’s been a contributor to the network since September.
Taylor, who on Wednesday admitted to being “anonymous,” said he strategically hid his identity in the Times piece — and later a book — to try to influence Trump to address his written accusations instead of personally attacking him.
“We have seen over the course of four years, that Donald Trump’s preference is to find personal attacks and distractions to pull people away from criticisms of his record,” Taylor said.
“I wrote that work anonymously to deprive him of that opportunity and to force him to answer the questions on their merits,” he added.
Regardless of his intentions, Taylor said, Trump has “failed to deny what was in” his 2019 book, “A Warning,” which bashed the president as an “undisciplined” and “amoral” leader.
Taylor, who resigned from DHS in April 2019, also acknowledged he wronged Cooper and other reporters who have questioned if was “anonymous.”
“I owe Anderson Cooper a beer, I owe him a mea culpa,” Taylor said.
Source: NY Post
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