A former member of the coronavirus job pressure who spoke out in opposition to President Donald Trump is denouncing her former boss’s declare that she’s merely a fired, disgruntled worker.
Olivia Troye, who was an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, defended herself Tuesday after retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, Pence’s nationwide safety adviser, stated he eliminated her from her positions.
“The reason I fired her is because her performance started to drop,” Kellogg stated at a information convention Tuesday. “I’m the one who escorted her off the compound.”
Troye, who endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden final week due to Trump’s “flat out disregard for human life” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, tweeted that Kellogg’s story is “a bald faced lie” and that she was truly requested to remain after handing in her resignation.
She additionally shared a screenshot of an August publish on her Instagram account exhibiting a coin Kellogg gifted her when she left the job. “This gift is not the action of someone who did what Kellogg claims he did,” Troye wrote.
Troye, who labored in Pence’s workplace for 2 years, made headlines Thursday when she went public along with her considerations about Trump’s dealing with of the pandemic.
“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,” she told The Washington Post.
Troye additionally spoke out in a video launched by the group Republican Voters Against Trump, saying the president famous early within the pandemic that it was factor as a result of he wouldn’t should “shake hands with these disgusting people,” referring to voters.
Kellogg stated Tuesday he’d by no means heard such remarks.
“What she has said I’ve never heard,” Kellogg informed reporters. “What bothers me about what Olivia said is, by insinuation, the disparagement of the task force, the vice president, and the president of the United States.”
An interview Troye taped with NBC News is scheduled to be broadcast later Tuesday.
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