The president of EE. UU He replied with a one-word tweet asking if the unsigned opinion article could be considered a traitor, after attacking the newspaper for the piece "without intestines".
"TREASON?" Trump published in response to the piece entitled "I am part of the resistance within the Trump administration," which claimed that the president's own staff saw him as a danger to the nation.
In the article, the official emphasized that they were committed to the Republican agenda and did 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."
"Many of the top officials of their own administration are working diligently from within to thwart parts of their agenda and their worst inclinations," the official wrote.
"I would know, I'm one of them."
The piece was published a day after extracts from a book bomb that also claimed that White House staff was constantly fighting to control the president's worst impulses.
The Times acknowledged the "rare step" of publishing an anonymous editorial, but said the official's job would be in danger if they were identified, and that the newspaper knew who had written the piece.
"We believe that publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to offer an important perspective to our readers," he wrote.
The official piece described a presidency of "two tracks" in which Trump says one thing and his staff consciously does another, for example with respect to what he called the "president's preference for autocrats and dictators".
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The staff actively worked to isolate themselves from Trump's "impetuous, adversarial, insignificant and ineffective" leadership style, the writer said.
"The root of the problem is the amorality of the president," the official said. "That is why many of Trump's appointed have promised to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions and thwart Trump's most mistaken impulses until his term ends."
Trump lashed out against the author and the "dishonest" times.
"They do not like Donald Trump and I do not like them," Trump said. "So if the failed New York Times has an anonymous editorial, can you believe it? Anonymous, that is, meaningless, a meaningless editorial, we are doing a great job."
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called the piece "pathetic, reckless and selfish" and condemned the Times for publishing it.
"About 62 million people voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016," Sanders said. "None of them voted for an anonymous and meaningless source to the failed New York Times."
The unsigned piece seemed to reinforce the claims made in the new book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward, which describes a virtual clique of senior White House and cabinet officials who plan to prevent Trump from making decisions that are detrimental to the economy and security. National of the United States.
The writer of the Times opinion article suggests that the dissidence and resistance within the Trump White House are even deeper than what Woodward described.
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."