The New York Times today published an op-ed by someone who supports many of the current administration’s policies but thinks that Trump himself is dangerous. What is incredible is that the op-ed is anonymous but written by a senior official working in the administration.
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.
I would know. I am one of them.
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 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.
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.
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.
“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.
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 whole idea of someone working for Trump critiquing their boss in writing in the most visible media outlet is bizarre. Despite his railing against this newspaper, Trump does seem to know what it says and one wonders how this official could be sure that the authorship would not be found out, since this is going to trigger a massive sleuthing effort by everyone. The organized effort that the author describes is pretty close to a palace coup. They had considered invoking a constitutional provision to remove Trump as president because of his incapacity to do the job but decided against it and decided that Trump could be kept on as a figurehead. The response from Trump and his allies has been, of course, harsh.
And why was this written anyway? What purpose does it serve since it does not shed any new light on Trump since him being erratic, ignorant, and fond of authoritarian leaders is old news? Furthermore, what is gained by letting the boss know that his underlings are not only colluding to subvert his agenda but that they are proud of doing so?
Or is this an ingenious way of disarming those critics who are raising the alarm about the dangers of the Trump presidency, saying in effect, “Don’t worry, we’ve got this”?