In a rare break from journalistic tradition, the New York Times has published an anonymous Op-Ed from a senior official in the Trump administration. The Times, who claims to know the identity of the author, will not reveal their source as the official's job "would be jeopardized by its disclosure."
The stunning essay details a coordinated effort within the Trump administration to actively thwart the President's agenda and curtail his dangerous rhetoric.
"President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader," writes the author. "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 anonymous source, who identifies themselves as one of the many officials working against Trump, acknowledges that most of the administration agrees with the President's policies - just not his "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" leadership style.
The official cites many of the course-corrections that have taken place, including the insistence by advisors to institute sanctions against Russia following the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. Trump's reluctance and frustration was eventually defeated by the steady hand of his national security team.'
"This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state," writes the author. "Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over."
Read the full Op-Ed here.
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