The main members of Donald Trump's administration are so alarmed by the president's "erratic" and "amoral" behavior that they are actively working to undermine him, an anonymous "high official" wrote in The New York Times on Wednesday.
"President Trump faces a test of his presidency unlike any modern American leader," the official wrote in an opinion piece titled "I am part of the resistance within the Trump administration."
"The dilemma, which he does not fully understand, is that many of the top officials of his own administration are working diligently from within to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations," the official wrote.
"I would know, I'm one of them."
The official described a "two-track" presidency in which Trump says one thing and his team does another consciously, for example with respect to what he called "Trump's preference for autocrats and dictators."
And officials are actively working to isolate themselves from Trump's "impetuous, adversarial, insignificant and ineffective" leadership style, says the writer.
The root of the problem is the amorality of the president.
The unsigned piece seemed to reinforce the claims made in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward, excerpts of which were made public on Tuesday, which describes a virtual clique of White House officials and the intriguing cabinet to prevent Trump from making decisions. Harmful to the US Economy UU And national security.
The White House has condemned Woodward's book as "nothing but fabricated stories," and Trump called it "a work of fiction."
But the Times op-ed suggests that the dissent and resistance within the Trump White House are even deeper than what Woodward described.
The writer emphasized that he or she remains committed to the Republican agenda and does not side with the opposition Democrats.
But, the official wrote, "we believe that our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner detrimental to the health of our republic."
"The root of the problem is the amorality of the president," the official said.
"That is why many appointed by Trump have promised to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while frustrating Mr. Trump's most mistaken impulses until he finishes his term."
The official said that at the beginning of the administration, some officials quietly discussed the invocation of the 25th amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which allows the dismissal of a president judged incapable of performing his duties.
"But nobody wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis, we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until, in one way or another, it's over."
The New York Times opinion counter acknowledged the extraordinary step of publishing an anonymous opinion piece, saying that it was done at the request of the author whose identity the newspaper knows.
"We believe that publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to offer an important perspective to our readers," he wrote.