"I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations," says an anonymous senior Trump administration figure.
Please consider I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.
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.
That is why 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 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.
Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.
In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.
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.
That was posted anonymously for obvious reasons.
The article was not all one-sided. The author praised tax cuts and deregulation.
But he also praised McCain which is a farce.
Regardless, it's clear this administration is blowing up.
It should now be clear that Woodward knows what he is talking about.
Here's another view.
This is cowardly and there is no good reason to publish it. It tells us nothing we didn’t already know from reporting, but it sets whoever this is up for their inevitable Resistance hero golden parachute book contract. https://t.co/lWU3a7Ut63— David Klion???? (@DavidKlion) September 5, 2018
Coward or Hero?
The individuals behind this piece have chosen to deceive, rather than to support, the duly elected @POTUS They are not putting the country first by undermining the people who elected him. This is arrogance, ego and elitism! These cowards should do the right thing and resign.#maga https://t.co/W8AIHA9mci— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) September 5, 2018
I would have resigned.
TREASON?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
Some will call this "Deep State". The anonymous author says it's not.
What about treason?