A former White House employee involved in the US administration’s corona crackdown has sharply criticized President Donald Trump.
According to Olivia Troye, who was an adviser to Vice President Mike Pence and a member of the coronavirus task force he chairs, Trump knew back in February that the lung virus would cause a significant outbreak in the United States.
“The president didn’t want to hear that because his main concern was that we are in an election year,” said Troye in a video distributed by Republican Voters Against Trump, an initiative of Republican voters who want to prevent Trump from winning a second term.
Troye herself was active in the White House for two years until she left in August.
“The president’s rhetoric and his own attacks on people in his administration who are trying to make the work, as well as the proclamation of false stories and misinformation about the virus have made this approach a failure,” said Troye, who in her message called on people to vote for Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election.
A White House spokesman contradicted Troye’s criticism on Thursday. “Her claims are unfounded and downright inaccurate,” said Judd Deere, adding that Troye would have had no significant role in the corona task force coordinating the government’s approach to the lung virus.
Vice President Pence also dismissed the criticism. In response, he described Troye on Thursday as “a disgruntled former employee” who plays political games in an election year.