TREASON?

President Donald Trump Caricature by DonkeyHotey.

On Wednesday with the White House still reeling from fallout over the Bob Woodward article that appeared in the Washington Post on Tuesday, the White House is once again on defense this time the fallout comes from what the New York Times calls an “Op-Ed,” from a “senior official in the Trump Administration.” 

Before the article, the New York Times explains that this is a rare event, as the Op-Ed, has been published anonymously, though according to the paper, they know who the author is, they decided to protect the writer. 

The author of the piece explains that he or she along with other officials are “working diligently from within to frustrate parts,” of President Trump’s agenda and to protect the U.S. from some of “his worst inclinations.” 

The author continues to explain that while they are part of the “resistance,” they are not part of the popular liberal movement and that their goal is to make sure the “administration,” succeeds, and in part the writer believes it has by instilling policies that “have already made America safer and more prosperous.” 

He/She goes on to say that “many Trump appointees,” have “vowed to do what,” they can, “to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”

The author explains the problem is President Trump’s, “amorality,” and that “anyone who works,” with President Trump understands, that he is not, “moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.” 

The writer of the piece the senior official says that even though he was elected as a Republican, President Trump does not “espoused,” ideals long held by conservatives, such as, “free minds, free markets, and free people.” 

He/She quotes another top official that complained recently, “There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” the official was according to the writer, “exasperated,” by a meeting where the President had “flip-flopped” on a, “major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.” 

The author understands that some of those in the West Wing have been portrayed in the media as “villains,” while in private they are working to “keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.” 

He/She makes clear that this isn’t the work of the “so-called deep state,” but the “work of the steady state,” adding that early on “there were whispers,” from within “the cabinet,” to invoke “the 25th amendment” which is a complicated process to remove a President from office, but as the writer explains, “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 writer concludes, “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.” 

Fallout from the Op-Ed was swift, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, via Newsweek, “The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States, He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people. This coward should do the right thing and resign.” 

President Trump said in part when asked about the Op-Ed, according to White House.gov, “And some day — let me just tell you — and some day, when I’m not President, which hopefully will be in about six and a half years from now, the New York Times and CNN, and all of these phony media outlets, will be out of business, folks.  They’ll be out of the business.  Because there will be nothing to write, and there will be nothing of interest.” 

He also took to Twitter 

First, he posted his remarks 

He then asked if this was Treason? (opinion — it’s not) 

He then demanded that the “writer” be turned over for “national security reason,” by the New York Times. 

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