By Robert Wenzel
This is simply stunning.
Setting aside President Trump's style and policy positions.
It is pretty clear those who voted for him had a pretty good idea of what they were getting.
But some unidentified "senior official" in the White House apparently believes he knows better how to run the country, believes he can overrule the vote of the people and is part of some secret
resistance group within the White House.
We now know this because he has published an op-ed in The New York Times telling us he is doing so (along with others).
Here's the Times introduction to the op-ed:
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.Here are some of the remarkable statements made in the op-ed by this senior official:
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...
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...
Got that? The president has clearly shown a desire to talk and negotiate with Russian President Putin but there are members of his senior staff who are actively trying to sabotage his efforts.
The question must now be raised: Why has this anonymous senior administration official gone public with his op-ed at this time?
This strikes me as the first step of many.
Are we going from sabotage to an outright sophisticated coup?
Note the closing of the op-ed by this official:
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."[T]he real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics"? What the hell does this mean? Should we be expecting a color revolution?
Or do we have a "lone nut" in the Administration?
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of