US President’s own men plot his downfall
United States President Donald Joseph Trump is facing the toughest test of his presidency following revelations that his closest senior officials are working to bring him down.
Trump’s latest source of trouble stems from a letter by an anonymous writer, dubbed by the internet community as ‘Quiet Resistance’ that was published in the New York Times newspaper on Wednesday this week.
The newspaper claims that it was authored by one of Trump’s senior member of staff, with the backing of a number of fellow senior staff in the White House – the Presidency of the US, who have chosen to rebel against the 45th President of the United States with the view to fail him.
The author of the letter claims that those who have decided to wage a quiet resistance against Trump are motivated by a national duty to protect their country first instead of protecting their president.
“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,” says a anonymous rebel.
He adds: “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.”
“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 author adds.
The publication of the letter is made more authentic by the recent publication of a book titled “Fear; Trump in the White House” by Pulitzer winning veteran journalist Bod Woodward. Woodward along with his colleague Carl Bernstein authored the Watergate cronicle that brought down President Richard Nixon.
Basing of hundreds of hours of interviews with Trump’s white house staffers, Woodward described Trump’s White House as surrounded by a coalition of like-minded aides “Plotting to prevent the US president from destroying the world trade system, undermining national security and sparking wars,”
Since assuming the most powerful office in the world, Trump has taken his country from the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Trans Pacific Partnership. He has also threatened to quit NATO, the World Trade Organization.
The White House has lashed out at Woodward and the New York Times for what he called ‘fabricated stories’. Woodward has hinted that those who consider Trump as a threat to the United States include the Secretary of Defense James Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Gary Cohn.
Woodward’s forthcoming book, set to be released next week September 11, recounts a moment where Gen. Mattis, having had to explain to the president that the US must keep forces in South Korea ‘to prevent World War III’ told colleagues that Trump had an understanding of an 11-year old. Mattis has denied the claims attributed to him Woodward.
Woodward also described Trump as a person who regularly insults key members of his own team, branding Attorney General Jeff Sessions as ‘mentally retarded’ and a ‘dumb Southerner.’
The New York Times letter has triggered mixed reactions from the White House itself to the media fraternity and the general public with condemning the legendary newspaper of hided plot to bring down the president and for abusing the public’s trust by hiding behind anonymous identities.
Trump himself has labeled NYT’s move as treasonous and that the publication must expose their source if indeed he exists.