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    Netizens appear unimpressed and underwhelmed following the unmasking of the so-called “senior official in the Trump administration” behind the tell-all book “A Warning,” as well as the 2018 New York Times op-ed that slammed US President Donald Trump’s “erratic behavior” and nonexistent leadership qualities.

    Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief of Staff Miles Taylor penned an open letter to the American public on Wednesday, revealing it was he who anonymously authored the NYT op-ed that called out US President Donald Trump’s “amorality” and touted an active “resistance” movement within the administration.

    “Trump has been exactly what we conservatives always said government should NOT be: expansive, wasteful, arbitrary, unpredictable, and prone to abuses of power,” argued Taylor in his letter.

    He described his anonymously published tell-all “A Warning” as “a character study of the current Commander in Chief and a caution to voters that it wasn’t as bad as it looked inside the Trump Administration - it was worse.”

    While Taylor - now a CNN correspondent - appears to now want the notoriety that accompanied his writings, an overwhelming number of netizens had their own criticisms for the man formerly known as “Anonymous” - especially following his outright denial of the matter earlier this year.

    The NYT, which granted Taylor anonymity for his op-ed, was also dragged on social media for listing the former DHS chief of staff as a “senior administration official” when he did not even make it to the DHS leadership website and actually held the position of deputy chief of staff at the time of the article’s publication.

    The US president also weighed in on the matter, falsely claiming for a second time that he does not know Taylor and has “never even heard of him.” In the same tweet, though, Trump noted Taylor’s former employment at Google and current job at CNN - proving he does in fact know who the former DHS chief of staff is.

    Taylor reportedly decided to take a leave of absence from Google until after the 2020 presidential election on November 3.

    The Trump appointee, who worked under both former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, was praised by many after he appeared in a testimonial ad for the group Republican Voters Against Trump and endorsed Democratic presidential nominee and former US Vice President Joe Biden.

    Taylor asserted the US president “wanted to exploit the Department of Homeland Security for his own political purposes and to fuel his own agenda” - which did not come as a surprise to many, considering the US president’s racist 2016 campaign rhetoric against Mexicans and the immigration policies of his administration.

    Taylor also published an op-ed in the Washington Post in August, claiming the US president was “often talked out of bad ideas at the last moment.”

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