Ex-DHS official: Some of Trump's closest advisers worry about his 'mental acuity'

Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official Miles Taylor on Thursday said that administration advisers have expressed concerns about President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE’s “mental acuity.”

“It’s easy to make light of this,” Taylor, who served as chief of staff to former DHS Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenEx-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' MORE said in an appearance on CNN's "New Day.”

“The internet’s flooded with memes of really funny instances of Donald Trump showing less-than-great mental acuity. But this was discussed often. This was discussed daily. I am telling you with every fiber of my being that some of the president's closest advisers did not think he had the mental acuity to do the actual job," he said.


“We would go in there in meetings … you would sit there trying to keep your jaw from hitting the floor because you’re trying to present the president sensitive threat intelligence and information that he needs to consider and he can’t keep his mind on it," Taylor continued.

Taylor, who earlier this week said he was backing Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE's bid for the White House, added that he “hardly ever saw” Trump read a document, “but he did love pictures. He loved pictures and there were many occasions where we had to go see the president and we figured out that the best way to convince him of something was to get a really good graphic of it.”

Taylor previously cut an ad for the group Republican Voters Against Trump and said in an op-ed that Trump sought to "exploit the Department of Homeland Security for his own political purposes and to fuel his own agenda."

The president lashed out in response, calling Taylor a “former DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEE … who I do not know.” The former official responded by posting a picture of himself with Trump in the Oval Office.