Olivia Troye, who until recently served as Vice President Mike Pence’s top coronavirus task force adviser, ripped into President Donald Trump’s pandemic response in an interview with The Washington Post and in a new video for the group Republicans Voters Against Trump.
In the nearly 2-minute video, Troye describes a COVID-19 task force meeting in which she says the president remarked that the pandemic might be a “good thing” because it prevented him from having to shake hands with “disgusting people.”
Troye confirmed that the president was referring to his loyal supporters.
“When we were in a task-force meeting, the president said, ‘Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing — I don’t like shaking hands with people,” Troye claims.
“I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people,'” Troye says. “Those disgusting people are the same people he claims to care about. These are the people who are still going to his rallies today, who have complete faith in who he is.”
Troye, who served as a senior aide to Pence on homeland security and counterterrorism for two years, was deeply involved in the administration’s coronavirus response.
She said she left her White House job in August after concluding that Trump was working to undermine efforts to keep Americans safe.
“The truth is he doesn’t actually care about anyone but himself,” she said.
In an interview with The Washington Post published Thursday, Troye said Trump’s pandemic response showed a “flat-out disregard for human life” and that he was more concerned with the economy and his reelection than with protecting Americans.
“The president’s rhetoric and his own attacks against people in his administration trying to do the work, as well as the promulgation of false narratives and incorrect information of the virus have made this ongoing response a failure,” Troye told The Post.
Troye also said any vaccine rushed out to Americans before the election might be dangerous.
“I would not tell anyone I care about to take a vaccine that launches prior to the election,” she told The Post. “I would listen to the experts and the unity in pharma. And I would wait to make sure that this vaccine is safe and not a prop tied to an election.”
In this new ad @OliviaTroye reveals that during a COVID task force meeting, President Trump said "Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people."
— Republican Voters Against Trump (@RVAT2020) September 17, 2020