The resistance inside the Trump administration

07 September, 2018, 08:20 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Bob Woodward's new book has chief of staff John Kelly calling President Trump an'idiot who has'gone off the rails

The White House's reaction to the NYT piece echoed the administration's response to Woodward's book, which also paints the USA leader as an impulsive decision-maker, who is called an "idiot" and a "liar" even by those closest to him.

The book said James Mattis, the defence secretary, told Trump he would "get right on it" but instead developed a plan for a limited air strike that did not threaten Assad personally.

In a striking anonymous broadside, a senior Trump administration official wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times on Wednesday claiming to be part of a group of people "working diligently from within" to impede President Donald Trump's "worst inclinations" and ill-conceived parts of his agenda.

He then added of the book's title, "Named after the emotion Trump feels whenever he sees a book".

As has been widely reported and confirmed by Woodward's reporting, Trump's cabinet members and advisers are consistently disappointed by Trump's lack of specific knowledge. "The day it comes out that Trump secretly works out and reads Shakespeare and teaches kids how to code, that's when we can call it a bombshell".

Trump has grown paranoid and anxious over an ongoing federal inquiry into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, prompting aides to compare Trump to former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, Woodward reported.

It wasn't long before the piece titled 'I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration' got the attention of the target of its ire.

"The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true", Kelly said, adding that the claim "is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes".

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern U.S. leader, claimed the writer, who The New York Times, in a tweet, identified as a he.

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The secretary of defense has made only one televised appearance on a network show since the start of the Trump presidency.

After the USA believed the Syrian government had launched another chemical attack in April 2017, Mr Trump told Defence Secretary James Mattis to assassinate President Bashar Assad. Others told The Washington Post that some believe the author may work on national security issues or at the Department of Justice, although there are no clear leads just yet.

Trump has slammed the book, suggested Woodward is a "Dem operative" who is trying "to divide".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News she hasn't spoken with Mr. Trump about filing any libel lawsuit.

Trump also tweeted out written statements by aides on the Woodward book, including one from his chief of staff.

A defiant Trump, appearing at an unrelated event at the White House, lashed out at the Times for publishing the op-ed.

The book is also filled with interviews from officials expressing grave concerns about Trump's fitness for office.

This op-ed thus supports the narrative pushed by Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury, and Bob Woodward, author of the forthcoming Fear, that have made similar claims about Trump aides undermining him while believing that he is incompetent and risky.

On accounts that senior aides snatched sensitive documents off his desk to keep him from making impulsive decisions, Mr Trump told The Daily Caller: "There was nobody taking anything from me".

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