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 John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven 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 NielsenWatchdog finds top DOJ officials were 'driving force' behind Trump's child separation policy: NYT More than million in DHS contracts awarded to firm of acting secretary's wife: report DHS IG won't investigate after watchdog said Wolf, Cuccinelli appointments violated law 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 BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan 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.