United States President, Donald Trump, is feeling the heat not only from critics but also now from his administration after a purported unnamed senior White House official wrote a scathing opinion-editorial which was published in the New York Times.
The article, published on Wednesday and entitled; “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration”, noted the author as saying that certain officials in the administration were working to “frustrate the worst inclinations” of a “detrimental” President Trump.
According to the unidentified individual, while officials want the administration to succeed, their duty and loyalty is directly to the country and not an individual.
The piece read, “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.”
The writer portrays the administration of the President as a “two-track presidency”, whereby he announces a particular decision and his aides work in a totally different direction.
The unnamed official described President Trump as an “amorality”, noting that the President lacked strong principles that guide his decision making.
“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”, the official wrote.
Even though the article noted that there has been “bright spots” despite the massive negative coverage of the administration by the press, its author, however, argued that the achievement was not as a result of the “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective” leadership skills of President Trump.
The writer also made a startling revelation that the cabinet had actually planned to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would have rendered President Trump unfit for office but halted their plan because of political exigencies.
“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 official wrote.
The New York Times stated that it knew the identity of the writer but would not disclose it as the government official had asked that the article be published anonymously.
“We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers”, it said.
The newspaper also said if it published the name of the writer, such person was in danger of losing his or her job at the White House.
President Trump, in his reaction late Wednesday, described the piece and the anonymous individual as “gutless” and said the “failing New York Times” must immediately identify the person for the purpose of “national security.”
“Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”, he wrote via Twitter.
The publication of the opinion-editorial comes a day after explosive excerpts from “Fear: Trump in the White House”, a book written by a respected American journalist, Bob Woodward, on the Trump administration was made public.
The book provided a lot of statements reportedly gathered from both present and former White House officials, who lambasted President Trump over his governance style and foreign policy approach.