Senior Administration Official Says in Anonymous Op-Ed That He and Others Are Thwarting Trump “From Within”
The following is an excerpt from MATTHEW ZEITLIN | September 5, 2018 | Slate.com |
A “senior official in the Trump administration” writing anonymously in a New York Times op-ed, declared that “many of the senior officials in [Trump’s] own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
The administration official explained why and how “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 confirms what many suspected about how the administration functions: Its leaders are happy when Trump signs on to generic Republican policy priorities like deregulation, tax cuts, and increased military spending, but they are generally horrified at how he thinks and operates day-to-day.
“The root of the problem,” the official writes, “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.”
The official (described as a “he” in a news alert for the NYT’s mobile app) breaks one bit of potentially huge news, that “there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president,” but instead of “precipitat[ing] a constitutional crisis,” those worried officials decided instead “to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.”
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