Miles Taylor is an American former government official who specializes in security and international relations. He was formerly a Trump administration appointee who served in the United States Department of Homeland Security from 2017 to 2019, including as Chief of Staff to former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary Chad Wolf.
In August 2020, while on leave from his job at Google, he produced an ad for Republican Voters Against Trump, denouncing Trump and endorsing Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Taylor was the first former senior Trump administration staffer to endorse Biden. As of August 2020, he is the highest-ranking former member of the administration to endorse Biden. In October 2020, he revealed himself to be the anonymous writer of the essay "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" (2018) and the best-selling book A Warning (2019).
Taylor grew up in La Porte, Indiana and graduated from La Porte High School in 2006 as valedictorian. He received a Bachelor of Arts in international security studies from Indiana University Bloomington, which he attended as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and Herman B. Wells Scholar. As a senior, he received IU's inaugural Presidential Student Internship.
In 2007, while in college, he interned in the office of the Secretary of Defense and the office of Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2008, he worked as Briefing Book coordinator at the Department of Homeland Security. In 2009 he served as a regional policy intern for the Defense Department.
Taylor was a political appointee in the administration of George W. Bush. He was a staffer for the House Appropriations Committee and then the Committee on Homeland Security, where he was advisor to its chair, Michael McCaul. He was McCaul's chief speechwriter and the Majority Staff Lead for the congressional Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel. In 2015 he was named a Penn Kemble Fellow by the National Endowment for Democracy.
From 2017 to 2019 Taylor worked at the Department of Homeland Security, including serving as Chief of Staff for Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf. In August 2020, Taylor said that in April 2019 he had personally witnessed President Trump offer Homeland Security staff federal pardons for any criminal prosecution arising from their actions in stopping illegal immigration to the United States, and at that point Taylor decided to resign from the Department. White House spokesman Judd Deere rejected Taylor's allegations, and described him as "another creature of the D.C. Swamp who never understood the importance of the President's agenda or why the American people elected him and clearly just wants to cash-in".
In September 2019 Taylor was hired by Google as a government affairs and public policy manager with a title of Head of National Security. He is a senior fellow at Auburn University's McCrary Center for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In August 2020 he took a leave from Google to support Joe Biden's presidential campaign. He made an ad for Republican Voters Against Trump, denouncing Trump and endorsing Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin said it was possibly "the most compelling of the 2020 election cycle". Taylor wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post also in August 2020; Rubin said it "adds detail to what we could have only surmised was the story behind chaotic policy rollouts." The next day, Taylor appeared on multiple news and analysis shows saying that other former members of the Trump administration were considering speaking out similarly.
If I had come out and talked about Donald Trump a year ago, when I left the administration, he's a master of distraction. He would have buried it within a day, and it wouldn't have mattered to voters. But, right now, American voters are reviewing the president's resume...so, I think there's no more important time for me or other ex-Trump officials to come out and actually talk about what the experience was inside the administration and what kind of man sits behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
On October 28, 2020, CNN announced on-air that Taylor revealed himself to be "Anonymous", the author of the New York Times September 5, 2018 op-ed, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" and the 2019 book, A Warning.