Anonymous official says Trump staff working against 'amoral' president

Friday, 07 Sep, 2018

The author goes on to say that 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 op-ed came a day after reports said journalist Bob Woodward's book Fear: Trump in the White House, which is highly critical of the Trump administration, is scheduled to be released on September 11.

The Beltway guessing game seeped into the White House, as current and former staffers alike traded calls and texts trying to figure out who could have written the piece, some turning to reporters and asking them for clues.

The opinion piece titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" offers the view from an alleged White House staffer who says is part of a group working to thwart part of president's agenda from within.

The New York Times, it would not be inaccurate to say, has been at loggerheads with the Donald Trump administration nearly since the day the real estate mogul-turned-politician took office.

In addition to painting a dire picture of Trump's decision-making process, the op-ed also states that some top administration officials discussed early in Trump's presidency whether to seek to remove him from office via the 25th Amendment.

The column veered in tone between a hostage note and a bid to reassure Americans that, as the writer put it, "there are adults in the room". We fully recognize what is happening.

President Donald Trump tweeted he was "tough on hell as people" in order to get things accomplished on Wednesday, in an apparent response to a scathing new book about his administration.

"We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers", the paper said.

"This isn't the work of the so-called deep state". The GOP long stood for unfettered global trade, the fostering of democracy globally (albeit only if it matched one end of the political spectrum), and strong opposition to dictators and totalitarian regimes, such as Russian Federation.

In the anonymous essay, the United States president is being painted as the enemy of the people who has little concerns for American values or Republican agenda.

Mattis dismissed the book as "a uniquely Washington brand of literature", and Trump has called it "total fiction".

Trump calls the publication of the unsigned piece "really a disgrace" and the White House called on the "coward" author to resign. That speaks to the writer either being in the White House or having access to people who are there regularly.

Mattis said Tuesday in a statement: "The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".

"From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief's comments and actions".

She adds that President Donald Trump's accomplishments don't get enough coverage in the press, saying "Democrats and their allies in the media understand the president's policies are working and with success like this, no one can beat him in 2020 - not even close".

Yes, this is likely more the result of the "senior administration official" keeping his/her job and avoiding the crush that would land on him/her if the op-ed had a byline.

"He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people", she said.