Speaking to MSNBC on Thursday, former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor warned that while he was serving in Donald Trump's administration he witnessed the president suppressing warnings of terrorism.
A bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security was sent out on Wednesday warning of a possible attack from anti-government extremists.
"So, Miles, let me do racist president for dummies here," host Nicolle Wallace said. "The FBI director, the Department of Homeland Security gather enough information to testify before Congress that the greatest threat from the homeland was from white supremacists. It sounds like people who reported directly to President Trump either resisted or knew they would meet resistance at the White House when they brought their warnings to the president. I want you to tell me if this is what you witnessed, what you heard about firsthand, and if you can explain how far it went. Did they make it to John Bolton or John Kelly or the Oval Office? Or were the warnings killed at the department level?"
Taylor revealed that such warnings did go all the way to the Oval Office when he was at DHS.
"The person that did not want us talking about it was Donald Trump himself," Taylor revealed. "The conclusions are very obvious. These people, who were intending to commit violence against their fellow Americans, in his mind, were potential supporters. That's why after Charlottesville he said both sides had good people. That's why we saw him ignore these warnings in the lead-up to the riot at the Capitol."
Taylor said that he takes issue not with the bulletin needing to come out two weeks ago, but that it should have come out two years ago when DHS ordered a report about domestic terrorism in the U.S.
"Why did the DHS leadership, after we left, sit on that report, sit on that assessment? Why weren't they talking about how severe this threat was?" Taylor asked. "We knew it then. We were very concerned and said we need to alert state and local law enforcement and the American public about how bad this is getting."
He continued, saying that the danger of domestic terrorism is so serious that it's on par with the last terrorist attack on the United States.
"This is one of the most serious terror threats we have seen in 20 years, since 9/11. It's happening on our own soil," said Taylor. "These are individuals who were radicalized by our own president. They're being engaging in recruitment, are engaging in target selection, are doing training and pre-operation planning and networking across state boundaries. In some cases international. This is not unlike the rise of ISIS and that kind of networking and coordination that led to organic terrorist plots coming up around the world and domestic terror going viral around our country. That is the worry today of counter-terrorism officials in the United States and those ignored warnings in the Trump administration have led us into danger today."
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