Trump says ‘Anonymous’ author Miles Taylor ‘scammed’ CNN into job

President Trump on Thursday said that newly self-unmasked “Anonymous” author Miles Taylor “scammed” CNN into a job after lying about writing an explosive 2018 op-ed attributed to a senior Trump administration official.

Taylor briefly served as chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security last year and was not a well-known figure in Washington when he wrote of “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [Trump’s] agenda.”

“So it turns out that the wise guy promoted as ‘Anonymous’ by the @nytimes, named Miles Taylor (who I never even heard of!), was only a little known ‘staffer’ as opposed to a ‘Senior Administration Official’,” Trump tweeted.

“He then scammed @CNN, lied to @andersoncooper, & got a job there. He also worked at, of all places, @Google. They all have big liability!!!”

Taylor, 33, outed himself Wednesday after lying to CNN host Anderson Cooper in August about whether he was “Anonymous.” CNN hired Taylor last month as a paid on-air contributor.

A CNN spokesman told The Post on Wednesday it would not fire him for the deception. Taylor’s LinkedIn profile says he’s on leave from Google, where he works as US Lead for Advanced Technology and Security Strategy.

But CNN anchor Chris Cuomo pressed Taylor on lying in a Wednesday night interview.

“You know what the problem is with having lied — is that now you are a liar. And people will be slow to believe you,” Cuomo told Taylor. “Why should CNN keep you on the payroll after lying?”

Taylor claimed, “I temporarily denied it” to “deprive the president of an opportunity to do one more personal attack to distract from his record.”

Trump on Wednesday called for firings at the New York Times over the decision to allow Taylor to anonymously style himself a senior official when he wasn’t actually a prominent figure. He had not yet been elevated to be DHS chief of staff.

Washington gossip swirled for years about the identity of “Anonymous.” Many officials incorrectly believed the person was a cabinet secretary or a senior White House official.

After his unveil Wednesday, Trump said he didn’t know Taylor and that people should “should fire, shame, and punish everybody associated with this FRAUD.”

Trump said at a campaign rally in Arizona on Wednesday that “Anonymous turned out to be a low-level staffer. A sleazebag. He’s never worked in the White House. Anonymous was a nobody, a disgruntled employee who was quickly removed from this job a long time ago for, they tell me, incompetence.”

Trump added: “If you heard about Anonymous, it was like somebody that was right next to me. I thought it might have been Hope Hicks. I thought it might have been Jared [Kushner]… This guy’s a low-level lowlife that I don’t know.”

Taylor gained prominence when he cut an anti-Trump ad in August for the group Republican Voters Against Trump.

The widely circulated anonymous op-ed contained few specific policy disagreements, but faulted Trump’s “preference for autocrats and dictators” and his approach to Russia. Taylor also anonymously wrote the book “A Warning” last year.

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