The New York Times on Wednesday published an anonymous op-ed written by someone claiming to be a senior official under President Trump, saying they are part of the “resistance” working to “thwart” Trump from hurting the nation with his “worst inclinations.”
In the piece, titled, “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” the official says that while the officials “want the administration to succeed,” they have had to work against Trump’s “misguided impulses” and parts of his agenda.
“To be clear, ours is not the popular ‘resistance’ of the left,” the piece reads. “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 unidentified official wrote.
“This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state,” they write. “It’s the work of the steady state.”
“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.”
“It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room,” the official writes. “We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.”
The unidentified official points to Trump’s “amorality” as the “root of the problem” and describes his impulses as “generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.”
“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,” they wrote.
The Times said in a note attached to the op-ed that the author, described as “a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.”