Monday, 10 December, 2018

Anonymous 'Resistance' Official Blasts Trump in New York Times Op-Ed

Grin Ivanka apparently unfazed by the reports of a fight between her and Bannon flashed a wide smile as she walked from her house to the Secret Service SUV waiting for her Trump fires back at Bob Woodward book with statements from James Mattis and John Kelly
Michele Schwartz | 07 September, 2018, 07:54

Senior aides to Donald Trump scrambled on Thursday to disown a New York Times column written by an unnamed administration official that slammed the leadership style of the USA president as impetuous, petty and ineffective.

Pompeo denied writing the article, calling the Times' decision to publish "sad" and "disturbing".

White House officials reached out to a noted Yale University psychiatrist last fall out of concern over President Donald Trump's increasingly erratic behaviour.

What's more, the author says that some in the administration have whispered about invoking the 25th Amendment, a constitutional provision that allows the vice-president and a majority of the Cabinet secretaries to vote to remove a president who is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office".

White House officials did not respond to requests to elaborate on Trump's call for the writer to be turned over to the government or on the unsupported national security grounds of his demand. The excerpts described senior aides as sometimes disregarding his instructions to limit what they saw as damaging behavior.

Trump had arrived in the state to campaign on behalf of Republican candidates amid an intensifying battle for control of Congress ahead of the November midterm elections.

With such a wide circle of potential suspicion, Trump's men and women felt they had no choice but to speak out. "This is just another example of the liberal media's concerted effort to discredit the President", White House Press Secretary Sanders said.

Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats stepped forward, one after another, with their own version of the same message: "Not me". "He will stay. We're very happy with him, we're having a lot of victories, we are having victories that people don't even know about, and he is highly respected all over the world", the president said.

Colbert discussed the piece further with his guest, former secretary of state John Kerry, who said the implications of the article "scared the hell out of him".

In the piece entitled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", the author says 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 writer describes the president as "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".

Earlier in the day, the White House aggressively pushed back against the column as speculation mounted over the author's identity.

A couple key phrases popped out to people, but none more than the word "Lodestar", a phrase that people immediately felt pointed to Vice President Mike Pence.

"The media's obsession with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump. Stop", she wrote on Twitter.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters she was not the author. "It is laughable to think this could come from the secretary", spokesman Tony Sayegh said on Twitter. The editorial section, which is separate from the news section, would not have published an anonymous op-ed without the consent of the publisher and a consensus among editorial page editors that the views expressed about President Trump needed to be heard.

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