White House launches attack on ex-coronavirus taskforce aide

The White House threw out a one-two punch Tuesday at former coronavirus taskforce aide Olivia Troye, with both her boss Keith Kellogg and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany disparaging the ex-staffer. 

Lt. Gen. Kellogg, who serves as Vice President Mike Pence's national security adviser, appeared at the podium during the briefing to explain that he 'fired' Troye because her 'performances started to drop after six months working on the taskforce as a backbencher.'   

She also 'struggled to keep up,' according to McEnany, who was pushing back on Troye saying that President Donald called supporters 'disgusting' and the upside of the coronavirus pandemic was that he wouldn't be able to shake their hands. 

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Keith Kellogg

Both White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (left) and Vice President Mike Pence's National Security Advisor Keith Kellogg (right) went after former coronavirus taskforce staffer Olivia Troye during Tuesday's White House briefing 

Olivia Troye, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence, said in a video put out by Republicans Voters Against Trump that the president said, 'Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don´t like shaking hands with people. I don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people'

Olivia Troye, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence, said in a video put out by Republicans Voters Against that the president said, 'Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don´t like shaking hands with people. I don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people' 

Troye made the allegations in a video that was released Thursday by Republican Voters Against

She called working for 'terrifying' and said he was more concerned about winning re-election than protecting Americans from the coronavirus. 

'The truth is he doesn't actually care about anyone else but himself,' she said.  

She said that during a taskforce meeting the president told the room, 'Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don't like shaking hands with people. I don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people.' 

'Those disgusting people are the same people that he claims to care about. These are the people still going to his rallies today who have complete faith in who he is,' she continued. 'If the president had taken this virus seriously, or if he had actually made an effort to tell how serious it was, he would have slowed the virus spread, he would have saved lives.' 

Troye also told the camera she had been a Republican her whole life.

'I am a McCain Republican. I am a Bush Republican and I am voting for Joe Biden because I truly believe we are at a time of constitutional crisis. At this point, it is country over party,' she said. 

As the end of Tuesday's briefing neared, McEnany suddenly announced that Kellogg would be saying a few words.   

'Olivia Troye worked for me. I fired her,' Kellogg said from the podium. 'The reason I fired her was her performances started to drop after six months working on the taskforce as a backbencher.' 

He said he had spoken with their boss, Pence, and he agreed that Troye should be ousted. 

'I'm the one who escorted her off the compound,' Kellogg also said. 

Kellogg then accused her of lying. 

Olivia Troye's video message, asking Americans to vote for Democrat Joe Biden, included photos of her with coronavirus taskforce members

Olivia Troye's video message, asking Americans to vote for Democrat Joe Biden, included photos of her with coronavirus taskforce members

Here Olivia Troye (left) is photographed with Vice President Mike Pence (right) on board Air Force Two

Here Olivia Troye (left) is photographed with Vice President Mike Pence (right) on board Air Force Two 

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