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Old 09-05-2018, 02:04 PM  
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NYT: I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.

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.

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.

Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.

But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.

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.

The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

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 result is a two-track presidency.

Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.

On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. 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.

The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.

Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.

We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.

There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.

The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/o...esistance.html
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Those are all the same beliefs expressed about him by the likes of yourself and Eleazar right here on some message board... why should anyone accept that its a top tier official?

But for the sake of argument, if its a top official... then he is a coward, if he wants to walk the talk about virtues like dignity, then he should resign immediately
If Trump is as unhinged as the author suggests, they need to do everything in their power to mitigate his destructive and ignorant impulses. They likely view staying in their position as the best way to do that. I don't necessarily agree, but I understand why they would. It's the same rationale Powell used for not resigning as SOS in the lead up to Iraq.
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Old 09-05-2018, 05:41 PM   #78
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Those are all the same beliefs expressed about him by the likes of yourself and Eleazar right here on some message board... why should anyone accept that its a top tier official?

But for the sake of argument, if its a top official... then he is a coward, if he wants to walk the talk about virtues like dignity, then he should resign immediately
Do you actually dispute any of it? If so, which part(s)?

Maybe. Maybe not on the coward part. Of course, if it's true, it's hardly cowardly resisting POTUS from inside, IMO.
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Old 09-05-2018, 05:43 PM   #79
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You're basing that on, "because I don't like it"?
Yes, you have gone full retard.
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Old 09-05-2018, 05:48 PM   #80
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Yes, you have gone full retard.
Let's take it slowly and just examine one claim: that Trump is amoral.

Do you dispute that?
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Old 09-05-2018, 05:51 PM   #81
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If Trump is as unhinged as the author suggests, they need to do everything in their power to mitigate his destructive and ignorant impulses. They likely view staying in their position as the best way to do that. I don't necessarily agree, but I understand why they would. It's the same rationale Powell used for not resigning as SOS in the lead up to Iraq.
We just see this differently

You see someone doing what must be done, standing on principle... I see someone subverting a duly elected POTUS

Even if this person is real, no one elected him to lead the nation... if he feels this strongly about certain decisions then he is allowed to strenuously voice his objections and hammer the president with info that backs his argument

And thats it... no stealing papers off the desk, no cowardly anonymous write-ups for the NYT

If you cant support the president, resign

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Remarkable. Any time something negative occurs with respect to Trump, I always go to the DC forum to gauge the mood and to see whether anything actually resonates with the base. I didn't find this op-ed shocking on any level because we've seen evidence of his behavior that parallels this description daily. Not remotely difficult to believe there are people working under him who think he's utterly dangerous. Remarkable that so many here just dismiss it as fake news.

You can agree with his policies and platform. You can think he's done and is doing wonders. But to support each and every way he does things and to completely minimize the sentiment in this op-ed is just blinding yourself.
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There were a bunch of Trump backers on here who tried to calm the anti Trump crowd with the very same assurances that there would be people in the White House that would do exactly what this admin official claims to be doing.

Now that one of them have spoke out, verified their claims, albeit it's much worse than they thought, they now claim it's all a lie.
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You see someone doing what must be done, standing on principle... I see someone subverting a duly elected POTUS
If this is true, and I honestly have seen nothing in Trump's behavior to make me think it is not, should it not be "subverted"?

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.
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You know it isn't.
I guess not...





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