According to a report from Politico, one of the top advisers to Donald Trump accused one of his colleagues of disloyalty in a 15-page memo, effectively ruining her career and exiling her to a department away from the White House.
The document, written by then-trade adviser Peter Navarro and obtained by Politico, accused then-Deputy National Security Adviser Victoria Coates of being "Anonymous," the White House insider who was leaking behind-the-scenes details of turmoil in the Trump administration.
In fact, "Anonymous" turned out to be Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security who wrote a column for the New York Times where he described Trump as "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective"
That column, which rocked the White House was titled, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration."
As Politico reported, Navarro took it upon himself to discover the identity of "Anonymous" and inaccurately accused Coates of being the culprit.
"The December 2019 memo goes into great detail to make the case that Coates — who was then a deputy national security adviser — was the author of both the New York Times op-ed and a tell-all book that described a resistance force within the administration aiming to undermine President Donald Trump," Politico's Daniel Lippman reports while noting that she was "not named in the memo but is clearly identified through specific information."
She subsequently was fired from the White House and placed in a position at the Department of Energy.
"The memo — which was riddled with incorrect theories — shows how Anonymous set off significant turmoil inside the White House and also how senior officials were eager to go after their colleagues," Politico reports. "Besides pushing a populist trade agenda for Trump, Navarro focused heavily on trying to figure out who Anonymous was. Ironically, for a dossier discussing who Anonymous was, the memo is unsigned. But three former Trump administration officials said that Navarro had written it. Two officials said that he gave it to then-White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney in January, who never believed Navarro's findings."
As for Taylor, he was recently in the news hinting that he is part of a group of Republicans about to launch a campaign against the former president that, he promised, would have "Trump shaking in his boots."
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