Senior White House Official Pens Stunning Anonymous Op-Ed in NYT: We’re Trying to Stop Trump
The New York Times published a stunning op-ed on Wednesday, written by an anonymous, senior official in President Donald Trump‘s White House.
Calling the publication of an anonymous op-ed a “rare step” in their preamble, the Times notes the story was being published at the request of the author, and offers “an important perspective.”
The official writes:
The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
I would know. I am one of them.
Yikes. The official — perhaps inspired by revelations from Bob Woodward‘s exposé of the Trump administration that certain staffers remove documents from the president’s desk to stop him from making certain policy decisions — contended that his “resistance” to the president is not to be confused with that of progressives.
“We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous,” the official writes. “But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.”
“That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office,” the staffer continues.
The official then launches into a searing indictment of Trump’s ignorance of traditional conservative values: “The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.”
Troublingly, our anonymous staffer continues:
In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.
The staffer does make sure to point out the Trump administration’s successes, deregulation, tax reform and military spending.
“But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective,” the staffer notes, before reassuring:
It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.
The official also makes the stunning revelation that “there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment,” which would remove Trump from office. “But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis,” the official writes. “So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.”
The piece concludes:
There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.
Hold onto your chair and read the full op-ed here.
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