Donald Trump has reportedly made sexual comments about his daughter Ivanka to employees in his administration, a former Department of Homeland Security official claims in a forthcoming book.
Miles Taylor, chief of staff at DHS under Trump, described the former president’s alleged comments as part of a broader pattern of sexism and inappropriate behavior towards women in his administration. according to Newsweekwho received an excerpt from the book.
“Aides said he spoke about Ivanka Trump’s breasts, butt, and what it might be like to have sex with her, remarks that once prompted John Kelly to remind the President that Ivanka was his daughter,” wrote Taylor, recalling an alleged exchange with Kelly, who was Trump’s chief of staff between 2017 and 2019.
“Afterward, Kelly retold that story to me with obvious disgust. Trump, he said, is ‘a very, very bad man.'”
Taylor said he also witnessed Trump’s sexist behavior in meetings with Kirstjen Nielsen, who was Secretary of Homeland Security from 2017 to 2019.
He said Trump would call Nielsen “sweetie” and “sweetie” and criticize her attire.
Trump officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Taylor left the Republican Party last year on the grounds that the institution “poisons” the minds of Americans and “assaults the very foundations of democracy.”
He said in 2020 that he would vote for Joe Biden and publicly accused Trump of trying to “exploit the Department of Homeland Security for his own political ends and advance his own agenda.” He has also admitted to authoring an anonymous 2018 book Opinion in the New York Timeswhere he claimed he was part of a group of associates working against Trump within his own administration.
His book Blowback: A Warning to Save Democracy from the Next Trump is scheduled for release on July 18.
Trump has been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace and beyond. Earlier this year, after a Manhattan jury found Trump responsible for the sexual abuse and defamation of writer E. Jean Carroll in the 1990s, several women from his administration were convicted stepped forward alleging that the former president behaved inappropriately towards women in the White House.
He famously boasted that in a 2005 taped exchange he could grab women “by the pussy” and claim, “If you’re a star, they let you do it.” You can do anything.”
He also has a worrying record making sexualized comments about Ivanka Trump. He described her as “voluptuous”, said he might date her if she weren’t his daughter, and once told radio host Howard Stern it was okay to call her “a piece of ass”.
In 1999, when Ivanka was 17, Trump joked that he had promised his daughter he would never date a girl younger than her, but that “the older she gets, the smaller the field.”