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Trump Administration Appears to Begin Crumbling After Op-Ed from Senior Official
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5 Sep 2018 07:15 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer, Image: White House (Image source: HiraV via Wikimedia Commons)


You may want to grab a seat, as this story just took a dramatic turn. After excerpts were published from Bob Woodward's upcoming book, "Fear," about discourse within the Trump administration, a senior official has spoken up, writing an op-ed for The New York Times that was published anonymously. 

Woodward's book describes a president who is ignorant of foreign policy, who is impulsive, prone to outbursts, and who officials hide paperwork from to make sure he doesn't sign them and lead the country astray.

This op-ed backs that up. 

The official explains that what we would think is most troubling is not. It's not Mueller's investigation, the divided country, or that the midterms might end the GOP reign.

"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." 

The official makes it clear that they are not part of the "resistance" from the left. The person would like the administration to succeed and thinks overall many of the policies will lead to good things for the country,

"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," continues the official, adding 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 official adds that the "root of the problem is the president's amorality," as he isn't guided by principles to help in his decision-making. While he was elected as a Republican, Trump doesn't show that with his actions. He may invoke them in scripted settings, but "at worst, he has attacked them outright."

Surprisingly, while we hear many things about trade, this official feels he is anti-trade and anti-democratic, despite the issues they have been able to nail down with regards to deregulation, tax reform, and the military. 

"But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty, and ineffective."

The official also states that all senior officials privately admit that they can't believe how Trump governs and that most are working to prevent him from acting on his "whims." 

"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."

One particular slam from this official is particularly surprising. It is the desire to let the public know "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." 

There is also an admission that "there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president." But they are deciding instead to keep the train moving until "one way or another — it's over."


But what is possibly the biggest slap to Trump is that the official invoked John McCain's final words of uniting through shared values and a love of the United States. "Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them," the official suggested. 

This is certainly an article that will make Trump go completely off the rails. He has such dislike for the New York Times as it is, calling them "failing," but in this case, they seem to be "winning."

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