NY Times Op-Ed: "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration"

Just one day after Bob Woodward's bombshell comes another via an Op-Ed in the NY Times from a senior Trump official.

"I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations," says an anonymous senior Trump administration figure.

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.

To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.

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 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.

Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.

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.

Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.

“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.

Anonymous Op-Ed

That was posted anonymously for obvious reasons.

The article was not all one-sided. The author praised tax cuts and deregulation.

But he also praised McCain which is a farce.

Regardless, it's clear this administration is blowing up.

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Deep State?

It should now be clear that Woodward knows what he is talking about.

Here's another view.

Coward or Hero?

I would have resigned.

Treason?

Some will call this "Deep State". The anonymous author says it's not.

What about treason?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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pi314
pi314

So this guy is now subject to blackmail by (NYT) people who know his identity. Also, what stops him from passing national secrets to NYT or another (foreign) agent if he opposes administration policy?

Sechel
Sechel

well the inevitable reaction. captain queeg is looking for the strawberries

Boot6761
Boot6761

Perhaps this "person" doesn't exist at all?

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

I think the Left and NYT penned the Op-Ed piece and claimed it came from inside the administration. This would be a perfect political bomb. If Trump is as unstable as many believe, then Trump will go on a witch-hunt, resulting in an historical implosion. The public would believe the piece were written by an insider since there has been a lot of administration churn, and the general public doesn't like Trump.

I agree with MISH the best thing would have been to resign. If nobody follows Trump, then he loses power regardless of the title. A person resigning would look good in the eyes of his next boss. An instigator would limit his/her future opportunities for not following.

George_Phillies
George_Phillies

This fellow is, he claims, part of a secret conspiracy whose effectiveness required that it remain secret. An op-ed in the Times does not qualify as secret. The fellow who wrote this has destroyed his own conspiracy. The reasonable conclusion is that he is an incompetent cretin, leading reasonable men to suspect that if he and his cronies were diddling with administration policies, it is totally random whether he made things better or worse.

To make life even more amusing, all those folks ranting about deep state conspiracies have now had the ultimate positive outcome of every conspiracy theorist. They have turned out to be right. Assuming the anonymous person is telling the truth, as opposed to trolling the New York Times, he has now proven the worst suspicions about Washington of the entire conservative half of out country. So far as many of those people are concerned, there is now absolutely no doubt that the Federal government is filled with deep state traitors who boast in public of their deeds.

If you thought politics in America was ugly before, you probably haven't seen anything yet.