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Reply #30 posted 09/06/18 7:24am

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Here is is:


he 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.

"'Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.'' - Thomas Jefferson
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Reply #31 posted 09/06/18 7:32am

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CJ.

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Reply #32 posted 09/06/18 7:32am

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Pence wants to be President.

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Reply #33 posted 09/06/18 7:34am

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2elijah said:

Kelly or McGahn.

It seems to me like someone is leaking sensitive intel to media and probably other countries. Could be Omarosa or someone and they are setting up the scenario that those around Trump have stolen docs from his desk and are speaking to NYT. They have possibly sold microwave weapons to communist countries.

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Reply #34 posted 09/06/18 7:34am

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Kelly is the most likely.

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Reply #35 posted 09/06/18 7:37am

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Jared.

"'Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.'' - Thomas Jefferson
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Reply #36 posted 09/06/18 7:39am

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SuperFurryAnimal said:

PennyPurple said:

And here we go, now Obama's name is brought into it. lol You know he isn't the President, right? Typical Trump supporters always blaming Obama or Hillary. And you call who, crazy?

I analyzed the writing style and I believe Obama wrote the NYT article. I would not doubt if my theory is 110% accurate.

I analyzed the writing style and I believe John F. Kennedy wrote the NYT article from beyond the grave through the Long Island Medium after he watched her television program. I would not doubt if my theory is 137% accurate.

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Reply #37 posted 09/06/18 7:40am

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Reply #38 posted 09/06/18 7:40am

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jjhunsecker said:

SuperFurryAnimal said:

I analyzed the writing style and I believe Obama wrote the NYT article. I would not doubt if my theory is 110% accurate.

I analyzed the writing style and I believe John F. Kennedy wrote the NYT article from beyond the grave through the Long Island Medium after he watched her television program. I would not doubt if my theory is 137% accurate.


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Reply #39 posted 09/06/18 7:43am

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lol

jjhunsecker said:

SuperFurryAnimal said:

I analyzed the writing style and I believe Obama wrote the NYT article. I would not doubt if my theory is 110% accurate.

I analyzed the writing style and I believe John F. Kennedy wrote the NYT article from beyond the grave through the Long Island Medium after he watched her television program. I would not doubt if my theory is 137% accurate.

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Reply #40 posted 09/06/18 7:43am

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2freaky4church1 said:

Kelly is the most likely.

If this is the case I would not be surprised if Russia is paying people to turn on Trump. Shadow figured with a briefcase full of cash. Made up stories and sticking to scripts.

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Reply #41 posted 09/06/18 7:44am

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SuperFurryAnimal said:

2freaky4church1 said:

Kelly is the most likely.

If this is the case I would not be surprised if Russia is paying people to turn on Trump. Shadow figured with a briefcase full of cash. Made up stories and sticking to scripts.

R U really this fucking dense?

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Reply #42 posted 09/06/18 7:46am

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Graycap23 said:

SuperFurryAnimal said:

If this is the case I would not be surprised if Russia is paying people to turn on Trump. Shadow figured with a briefcase full of cash. Made up stories and sticking to scripts.

R U really this fucking dense?


Yes, yes he is.

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Reply #43 posted 09/06/18 7:48am

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Graycap23 said:

SuperFurryAnimal said:

If this is the case I would not be surprised if Russia is paying people to turn on Trump. Shadow figured with a briefcase full of cash. Made up stories and sticking to scripts.

R U really this fucking dense?

60 some days to election jack! What do you think? Dems wrote the editorial.

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Reply #44 posted 09/06/18 8:13am

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2elijah said:

Pence claims it’s not him.


As did the times.
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Reply #45 posted 09/06/18 8:29am

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Trump's having a bad week. lol

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Reply #46 posted 09/06/18 8:29am

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Only, best to get on that left wing train. Your side is falling down.

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Reply #47 posted 09/06/18 8:32am

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SuperFurryAnimal said:



2freaky4church1 said:


Kelly is the most likely.




If this is the case I would not be surprised if Russia is paying people to turn on Trump. Shadow figured with a briefcase full of cash. Made up stories and sticking to scripts.


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Reply #48 posted 09/06/18 8:32am

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SuperFurryAnimal said:

Graycap23 said:

R U really this fucking dense?

60 some days to election jack! What do you think? Dems wrote the editorial.

So you're saying that NO Republican would ever be critical of Trump, or be concerned about his behavior or actions ?

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Reply #49 posted 09/06/18 9:02am

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jjhunsecker said:

SuperFurryAnimal said:

60 some days to election jack! What do you think? Dems wrote the editorial.

So you're saying that NO Republican would ever be critical of Trump, or be concerned about his behavior or actions ?

Some people in government are obsessed with money, oil and war. On either side people like Bush, Obama, McCain they are what they are. Some people will stop at nothing to keep power. What I see is a falling out of the powers that be that have controlled politics for 28years. In the end would you being a staunch Obama supporter trust this sort of editorial piece if it was about Obama? How about the timing, 60 days until the election? How about this Trump has been publically at War with NYT. All smells fishy to me.

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Reply #50 posted 09/06/18 9:07am

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SuperFurryAnimal said:

PennyPurple said:

And here we go, now Obama's name is brought into it. lol You know he isn't the President, right? Typical Trump supporters always blaming Obama or Hillary. And you call who, crazy?

I analyzed the writing style and I believe Obama wrote the NYT article. I would not doubt if my theory is 110% accurate.



You are awesome and that is a 110% fact!

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Reply #51 posted 09/06/18 9:15am

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First of all, no way Pence wrote that. He's extremely duplicitous but he wouldn't do anything that, if he got caught doing it, would cost him his job. He wants to be president and knows the best way to do that is to keep his nose clean until Trump either resigns outright; is impeached, convicted and removed from office; or is impeached but not convicted, but is too damaged/vulnerable to run in 2020.

I also doubt it's anyone we're very familiar with. It's not Kellyanne Conway or someone like that. Because again - when they are found out, it would end their career. No politician would ever hire this person as a consultant or assistant or aide. Not even a Never-Trumper. So I think we can eliminate any political appointee.

That leaves career staffers. There are hundreds of them, serving in capacities like Deputy This or Assistant That. I'm guessing it's going to be someone like that.

However, I have little doubt that the boss of Deputy This or Assistant That knows who wrote this, and fully agrees with it. But the deal was, "You write it and you'll have to suffer the consequences when you're outed. I can't help you keep your government job but I can help you in the private sector".

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Reply #52 posted 09/06/18 9:26am

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SuperFurryAnimal said:

jjhunsecker said:

So you're saying that NO Republican would ever be critical of Trump, or be concerned about his behavior or actions ?

Some people in government are obsessed with money, oil and war. On either side people like Bush, Obama, McCain they are what they are. Some people will stop at nothing to keep power. What I see is a falling out of the powers that be that have controlled politics for 28years. In the end would you being a staunch Obama supporter trust this sort of editorial piece if it was about Obama? How about the timing, 60 days until the election? How about this Trump has been publically at War with NYT. All smells fishy to me.


And you don't think Trump is obsessed with money? Really!?

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Reply #53 posted 09/06/18 9:26am

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SuperFurryAnimal said:

jjhunsecker said:

So you're saying that NO Republican would ever be critical of Trump, or be concerned about his behavior or actions ?

Some people in government are obsessed with money, oil and war. On either side people like Bush, Obama, McCain they are what they are. Some people will stop at nothing to keep power. What I see is a falling out of the powers that be that have controlled politics for 28years. In the end would you being a staunch Obama supporter trust this sort of editorial piece if it was about Obama? How about the timing, 60 days until the election? How about this Trump has been publically at War with NYT. All smells fishy to me.

"Some people in government are obsessed with money...." - Now that sounds like Trump !



And Trump is obsessed with the NY Times the way a spurned boyfriend is over the girl who dumped him...He would LOVE to be praised by them, and be accepted by the true "elite", but since he isn't, he attacks

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Reply #54 posted 09/06/18 9:33am

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RodeoSchro said:

First of all, no way Pence wrote that. He's extremely duplicitous but he wouldn't do anything that, if he got caught doing it, would cost him his job. He wants to be president and knows the best way to do that is to keep his nose clean until Trump either resigns outright; is impeached, convicted and removed from office; or is impeached but not convicted, but is too damaged/vulnerable to run in 2020.

I also doubt it's anyone we're very familiar with. It's not Kellyanne Conway or someone like that. Because again - when they are found out, it would end their career. No politician would ever hire this person as a consultant or assistant or aide. Not even a Never-Trumper. So I think we can eliminate any political appointee.

That leaves career staffers. There are hundreds of them, serving in capacities like Deputy This or Assistant That. I'm guessing it's going to be someone like that.

However, I have little doubt that the boss of Deputy This or Assistant That knows who wrote this, and fully agrees with it. But the deal was, "You write it and you'll have to suffer the consequences when you're outed. I can't help you keep your government job but I can help you in the private sector".

This is someone that is eyeing a book deal like that of Omarosa if your theory is accurate. It could be or it could be an enemy of Trump's. If this persons identity is never released it is an enemy.

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Reply #55 posted 09/06/18 9:35am

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jjhunsecker said:

SuperFurryAnimal said:

Some people in government are obsessed with money, oil and war. On either side people like Bush, Obama, McCain they are what they are. Some people will stop at nothing to keep power. What I see is a falling out of the powers that be that have controlled politics for 28years. In the end would you being a staunch Obama supporter trust this sort of editorial piece if it was about Obama? How about the timing, 60 days until the election? How about this Trump has been publically at War with NYT. All smells fishy to me.

"Some people in government are obsessed with money...." - Now that sounds like Trump !



And Trump is obsessed with the NY Times the way a spurned boyfriend is over the girl who dumped him...He would LOVE to be praised by them, and be accepted by the true "elite", but since he isn't, he attacks

That is usually why people get into politics. Trump would be making more money outside of politics.

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Reply #56 posted 09/06/18 9:38am

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SuperFurryAnimal said:

jjhunsecker said:

So you're saying that NO Republican would ever be critical of Trump, or be concerned about his behavior or actions ?

Some people in government are obsessed with money, oil and war. On either side people like Bush, Obama, McCain they are what they are. Some people will stop at nothing to keep power. What I see is a falling out of the powers that be that have controlled politics for 28years. In the end would you being a staunch Obama supporter trust this sort of editorial piece if it was about Obama? How about the timing, 60 days until the election? How about this Trump has been publically at War with NYT. All smells fishy to me.

Here we are with Bush, Obama, McCain..AGAIN. lol

Trump is in office now. It's all Trump and his people.


60 days until the election? Remember right before the Presidental election the dump they did on Hillary? lol


Turn about is fair play.

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Reply #57 posted 09/06/18 9:39am

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I also read the NYT op-ed like this, it is business as usual while you are all distracted by the orange man. We are running business as usual. That is globalist lingo.

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Reply #58 posted 09/06/18 9:44am

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SuperFurryAnimal said:

OnlyNDaUsa said:

According to the NYT it is not Pence.

WTF! They denied who it wasn't!! Just keep guessing until NYT says that can't "confirm or deny" what a joke and 60 some days until the election. lol I swear maybe they just are allowing Obama to secretly visit and Trump is letting Obama believe he is still President. He probably took some mints from that little bowl on Trump's desk these people are crazy.

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Reply #59 posted 09/06/18 9:52am

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PennyPurple said:

SuperFurryAnimal said:

Some people in government are obsessed with money, oil and war. On either side people like Bush, Obama, McCain they are what they are. Some people will stop at nothing to keep power. What I see is a falling out of the powers that be that have controlled politics for 28years. In the end would you being a staunch Obama supporter trust this sort of editorial piece if it was about Obama? How about the timing, 60 days until the election? How about this Trump has been publically at War with NYT. All smells fishy to me.

Here we are with Bush, Obama, McCain..AGAIN. lol

Trump is in office now. It's all Trump and his people.


60 days until the election? Remember right before the Presidental election the dump they did on Hillary? lol


Turn about is fair play.

It does sound like they are all part of the same shadow government. The letter sounds like it is from those within the shadow government.

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