Senior Trump Official Rips Administration In Anonymous Op-Ed

By Ronald Horvath | Sep 05, 2018

A secret “resistance” effort even considered invoking the 25th Amendment to get him out of office, an unnamed administration official wrote in The New York Times.

"High-level officials under President Donald Trump are actively working to combat his controversial policies and erratic behavior, according to a scathing New York Times op-ed published Wednesday and written by an author identified only as “a senior official in the Trump administration.”

The op-ed, titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” paints a chaotic picture of life in the White House, including constantly undermining the president’s reckless demands in order to maintain the country’s safety and prosperity.

“The dilemma — which [Trump] 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 author wrote. “I would know. I am one of them.”

At one point, the author writes, officials considered invoking the 25th Amendment ― which allows a president to be removed from office in the event of death, removal, resignation or incapacitation.

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 op-ed speaks favorably of Trump’s “effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military” policy, but the author says officials know Trump’s impulses are rooted in anti-trade and anti-democratic beliefs. Many of Trump’s dangerous plans have been shot down or contained by officials who belong to the so-called resistance in his administration, according to the author.

“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. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims,” reads the op-ed.

“It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room,” the author writes. “We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.”

The official points to Trump’s reluctance to punish Russia for poisoning a former spy in Britain. He grew angry when officials demanded Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spies be expelled from the U.S. and further sanctions be imposed on Russia, but Trump’s national security team made the response happen.

You can read the entire op-ed here"

Comments (4)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Sep 07, 2018 11:42

Here is the real danger of an "unhinged" leadership.


Trump pursues no deep or subtle strategies. He does not even consistently seek his own interests. He responds like a child or a narcissist — but I repeat myself — to positive or negative stimulation. It is the reason a discussion on “Fox & Friends” can so often set the agenda of the president. It is the reason that Trump’s lawyers, in the end, can’t allow him to be interviewed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. It would be like a 9-year-old defending a PhD dissertation. Or maybe a rabbit jumping into a buzz saw.

This lesson can’t be lost on foreign intelligence services, which can pre-order a comprehensive account of the president’s psychological and political vulnerabilities for $18 online. (Note: Woodward now owes me.) Here is the increasingly evident reality of the Trump era: We are a superpower run by a simpleton. From a foreign policy perspective, this is far worse than being run by a skilled liar. It is an invitation to manipulation and contempt."  -Michael Gerson

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Sep 07, 2018 11:39

I agree, Catherine, but then I've never complained to anyone about uncredited sources being used or presented as the writer's own research. (Actually I've never complained to VS about anything.)  Still, let's give Dan the benefit of the doubt and recognize he's only trying to keep things on an even keel.  I'll still cut and paste; I like to give credit where credit is due.   But I'll try and include them in my own writing.

Posted by: ananur forma | Sep 07, 2018 10:44

I hope he resigns soon, for the good of our..always... "great" country.

Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Sep 06, 2018 20:44

Hi Ron, Cathy Cooper here. I am getting a lot of push back from Village Soup for using Cut and Paste. I did so for Paula Sutton's and Maynard Stanley's posts.  I hope that Cut and Paste push back is happening to you as well. Liberals using Cut and Paste AND having access to free speech as afforded us, should be applied to Conservatives as well  If you can use Cut and Paste as you do for nearly EVERY post you put up. then Conservatives should have that right also, don't you agree, Ron?


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