A former senior advisor to Vice President Mike Pence blasted President Trump and his team at the White House for the poor handling of the pandemic. She termed Trump as an erratic leader who is more concerned about his reelection than the pandemic or Americans' lives. Olivia Troye, an advisor on counterterrorism and homeland security to Pence, further said that she would be voting for the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden instead of Trump in November. Troye appeared in the ad before leaving the White House administration, where she termed Trump as a weak leader in the administration's effort to stop the virus spread in the country. She accused Trump of dismissing the task force's efforts to prepare for the virus outbreak in late January when the virus was in its initial phase.
"It was quite shocking to see the president of the United States calling the virus as a hoax and went on to say that everything was OK when actually it was not. Trump doesn't care about any American. He only cares for himself," said Troye. She also revealed the most bizarre thing told by the president. "Maybe this coronavirus is a good thing as I don't like shaking hands with people anymore. With coronavirus, I don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people." Troye claimed that Trump said it during a meeting after coronavirus cases started to increase rapidly. Trump's statement shows his irresponsible behavior towards fellow Americans and towards the pandemic, which killed more than 200,000 Americans. The Washington Post reported her story for the first time, and the ad was circulated by the group of Republican Voters Against Trump.
However, the White House dismissed the allegations regarding the controversy as it usually does. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany took charge to destabilize the ad by attacking Troye. Kayleigh tweeted, "Interesting departure letter from a disgruntled former detailee who typically sat in the overflow room of the task force." Speaking with the reporters, Trump said, "I have no idea who she is," before leaving for a Wisconsin campaign. Trump further added, "Troye was dismissed from her post, and only then she wrote a beautiful letter." The White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, also tried to blame Troye for speaking up. He said - "She is a swamp fighting back for attention. Generally speaking, they are disgruntled employees."
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