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A former aide to Vice President Mike Pence slammed the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and said she will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as a result of her experience in the White House.

Olivia Troye, who was Pence’s leading aide on the White House’s coronavirus task force, cut an ad for the group Republican Voters Against Trump in which she claimed the president cares about no one but himself, Lauren Feiner reported for CNBC on September 18, 2020. White House spokesperson Judd Deere characterized Troye as a “disgruntled” former employee.

“Towards the middle of February, we knew it wasn’t a matter of if COVID-19 would become a big pandemic here in the United States, it was a matter of when,” Troye says in the ad. “But the president didn’t want to hear that because his biggest concern was that we were in an election year and how is this going to affect what he considers to be his record of success?” Troye claimed in the video that Trump once said in a meeting that the virus might be “a good thing” because he would no longer need to shake hands with “these disgusting people.” She added: “Those disgusting people are the same people that he claims to care about.”

Troye’s statement adds to criticism of the president’s early response to the pandemic that has been reignited by the release of journalist Bob Woodward’s interviews with Trump from early 2020. In February, Trump told Woodward in a recorded interview that the coronavirus was “deadly stuff,” CNN reported based on Woodward’s forthcoming book. He said in mid-March he wanted to “play it down” so as not to cause a panic.

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