[New York Times] 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.
I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration
I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.
It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.
But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.
From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.
Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.
“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.
The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.
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.
Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.
The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.
Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.
We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.
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.
The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.
Similar: Bread And Butter Character
[Optional] Do you think this senior appointed official is a hero/coward/patriot/traitor/something else? Why? Please keep your comments civil.
“Senior Official”: Miles Taylor from Department of Homeland Security
After months of speculation about which Senior Official claimed to be Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration, Anonymous himself has come forward!
In a shocking reveal, the man who wrote the editorial is Miles Teller!
Not Miles Teller. Miles Taylor.
Miles Taylor is a former Department of Homeland Security official.
Here is a photo of Miles Taylor.
Teller worked for the Director Of Homeland Security. He is not a senior official, so it is unclear why The Times described him as such. A senior official would have been appointed by President Donald Trump. Teller was not appointed by Trump. He was hired as a staffer by his department.
It would have been more exciting if it was Miles Teller.
Anyway, from The New York Post:
‘Anonymous’ is former DHS official Miles Taylor
Former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor on Wednesday revealed himself as “Anonymous,” the author of an op-ed vowing resistance to President Trump.
Taylor boasted in September 2018 of “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations” and last year wrote the book “A Warning.”
Washington gossip for years swirled about the person’s identity, with many Trump officials denying they were the person.
Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley publicly denied writing the initial op-ed in the New York Times.
Taylor, a former DHS chief of staff, tweeted, “Donald Trump is a man without character. It’s why I wrote ‘A Warning’…and it’s why me & my colleagues have spoken out against him (in our own names) for months. It’s time for everyone to step out of the shadows.”
It’s been two years since the original editorial, so we’re sure the fact that Miles Taylor is outing himself now, just one week before the election, is no coincidence.
Teller has actually been in the White House. Here is a photo of him in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump.
No one guessed this one correctly. Given that Miles Taylor is not exactly a household name, that is not surprising.
Again, Anonymous is Miles Taylor, not Miles Teller.
By the way, if you haven’t seen Whiplash, rent it this weekend. It’s an excellent movie, with both Miles Teller and JK Simmons giving amazing performances. In fact, Simmons’ performance earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Everybody get out there and VOTE!
I said earlier that I thought this was McCain. After re-reading, the writing seems more feminine. I am now leaning toward Nikki Haley.
The only person to repeatedly use the word “loadstone” is Pence.
There has been some very good comments by all and I am glad here we respect each other. I do not who it is. We all voted and we need get over it. I am outsider in many ways of my life. When you are outsider in church, at meetings or whatever you are a member it ‘s not easy. We will find out who wrote this letter. You all have a good week coming up. Ditto to all.
I am betting on John Huntsman or Jared/Ivanka. I think someone worded it so everyone would think it was Pence.
What a traitor whomever it is…
(BTW…the country’s doing quite well.)
I think it’s Jared or Ivanka… leaning toward an Ivanka writing but Jared providing it to the NYT.
Coward but if it is him/her, then understandable to a small degree.
I’ve heard it is a woman.
It’s Corey Booker’s friend T-Bone. A figment of a NYT reporter’s imagination.
If this isn’t a con job by Trump then it’s likely a hit piece from the McCain camp -a cheap shot from the grave
so in other words not willing to impeach him, but this person wants us american to do what exactly??
cry us a river. no job could be more ineffective and without little or no power than that of POTUS. and thank goodness for that.
ps the US is a republic, not a democracy.
Viva la resistance!!!
Not sure who it could be but forever thankful that there are people in this administration that will not allow our country to be run into the ground.
I don’t think it’s a “senior official” but made up by the Trump admin to troll MSM. The fake editorial doesn’t make Trump look bad.
lulus mom says
Omg. What if this is McCain. A letter he wrote to intentionally be released after his death
It’s the NY Slimes. More than likely fabricated. They’re failing and desperate
I think the author is not only who he/she claims to be, but I believe that the author is someone on the left, sowing seeds of doubt and mistrust, and wanting the right and everyone else to believe that the “resistance” is everywhere, that it’s righteous, and that together, the left and the right can save our democracy.
Fraudsters. So transparent. So ridiculous.
Senior Official of Fake News: The NYT/ Soros/HRC/Hussein
This obvious attempt at propaganda has failed … Try. Harder.
Bring It On.
There will be a Great Awakening – like it, or not.
She’s really trying hard to become part of the international political community (“deep state”). You know, the same usual suspects of very serious people who transcend simple party designations because their loyalties are global . Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, Samantha Power, Tony Blair, etc etc.
Pence is too easy of a guess.
I know he’s just a kid, but part of me wishes it was Baron.
What disturbs me is how many people this this is a hoax/fake news/witch hunt. It’s sad that you cannot see reputable reporting when it is right in front of you. Our president has made many doubt a free and honest press and it’s disturbing. PLEASE… Do not get your reporting from the far left OR right. But from honest journalism like NYT, WaPo, Wall St Journal and the Economist. (None of which are failing… just sayin’).
Please don’t troll me… Nothing but love for my fellow Americans.
” honest journalism like NYT, WaPo, Wall St Journal and the Economist. ” -you do not know what honest means.
There is NO such thing as “reputable reporting” in the media today, especially when it concerns the President. I have yet to see a media report that is not biased toward him. Honest journalism?……..not in today’s world!
It scares me that the president is unaware of the meaning of treason. Protect the COUNTRY, not the person..that’s exactly what this person is doing. Whomever you are, thank you for doing your job. I hope you reveal yourself once this nightmare is over.
A pocket full of Pency.
Do you believe in coincidences?
As soon as you write about McCain in a positive light -I call disinfo media left. This is garbage. Trump is set to bring the whole nasty house of cards down, please God.
We knew this day would come.
United We Stand (WW).
Conspiracy no more.
This sounds like a sting. This is bait to expose a deep state.
Kellyanne Conway’s husband is not a government official. He is a law firm partner.
My guess is a liberal from the NYT.
Coward, but only because he/she can’t make something happen on the up and up. Having said that, I think it’s a collaborative effort, not the work of one person. It blows me away how many people continue to support Trump, and that no matter how many thousands of lies he tells, his base is willing to believe HIM over a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the New York Times. I completely respect your right to conservative views, just not your hero worship of this man-child. We deserve better.
I’m guessing this is Nick Ayers
Optional: a patriot
Fake news by a washed up rag paper. If it were true it would be Nikki Haley. Love President Trump!!!!
I wasn’t happy with Trump as a candidate, but Hillary was even worse. I will say this about Trump: The Deep State, the Elites, the puppet masters behind the scenes, whatever you want to call them… can’t control him and they are deeply panicked. They’ll do whatever they can to get rid of him. Kennedy wanted to end the Fed Reserve and link the US dollar to silver. Shortly after making his intentions clear, he was killed. A coincidence, I’m sure.
I don’t think the writer is in the WH at…
I am not a Trump supporter and did not vote for him (it’s sad that in this political climate every opinion needs to be prefaced by this to hold any validity.) That being said, the media IS the enemy of the people and anyone who doesn’t realize this needs to WAKE UP and take a hard look at the narrative they’ve been so eager to push on the American people. This article is just more proof of that.
This is Pence. He uses “lodestar”, which is one of his favorite words.
Exactly what the writer wants you to think.
Coward. I don’t believe this for a second. The President doesn’t come across as this way at all. This is now over the top ridiculous. Everyone do your jobs and stop trying to undermine every single thing he does.
I hope it’s her.
I sensed it was written in a collaborative manner, not by an individual. I think this was intentionally released by the White House to stir up chaos and distract from Kavanaugh’s deflections during his hearing. It’s their MO. If no one is fired by tonight, I’d place my bets on that. OTOH, making DT appear unhinged gives the GOP cover for advancing unpopular agendas.
Either way, I am not a fan of Trump or his administration.
The rhetoric from the left is getting old. Hypocritical, one-sided, close-minded dolts.
Mike Pence because of the use of the word “lodestar” which is a term that only he has used publicly before…but that could just be a red herring…I don’t believe this will take very long to be revealed unlike “Deep Throat”…it’s harder to keep a secret nowadays…I think the writer should be fired but it is not treason…
And if you know this about Mike Pence use of the word, then you can rest assured that the person who put out the anonymous essay, knows it also…..enough said!
I don’t think this one should be speculated about, it puts his job and honourable agenda in danger.
I definitely think he is a hero because we know the Republican ideal is NOT in line with the truculent, petty and self serving ideals of Trump.
I don’t know the author, but thank you for re-printing such an important piece which until now I had been unable to access on the web.
It baffles me how there are some people who can’t see how dangerous this president is. OF COURSE there are people in the administration that are trying to reign in Trump. The whole GOP is scrambling and has been divided over this man for some time! It will all be over soon though!
It baffles me how some are willing to believe and accept as truth, everything that the clearly biased media puts out there about Trump. Ever notice how everything the media puts out about Trump is always negative, not one thing positive?
Lmao, idk who this is but it’s fun to speculate. It almost reads like something Paul Ryan would say, but “senior official” makes it sound like it’s a West Wing-esque inside circle person. Maybe it’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders, LOL.
I don’t really think they’re much of anything except a) a politician and b). a person with common sense.
I want it to be Mike Pence but it would be way too obvious. And mother wouldn’t approve.
Unless mother wrote it for him.
Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence
The person who wrote this, if true, is a HERO. We should NOT try to guess who he/she as that may compromise what they and other like minded resistance members within the WH are working hard to do. We must leave them to continue keeping this man from dragging this nation and its people from going further downhill. Let’s support them, not expose them.
I think this guy is a neocon globalist uniparty rat that’s jelly of the god emperor. I don’t value the opinion of anyone that praises war mongerer mccain
DNI leader Dan Coats
reality check says
Just seeing him today talking with Mulcahy while the President is speaking, and the drumming of his fingertips- it’s Paul Ryan
I don’t know what he is, other than a repressed homophobe.
I also think it is Pence. He has the most to gain
No idea who it is and it is probably best kept a close guarded secret.
Thank goodness for the actions of a few clear thinkers. At least there is a modicum of hope for the US. Not that I deeply care, it is probably time for someone different to take on leadership of the free world, but it pains me to see how low the once proud nation has sunk. Are they heroes? No, but strategic thinkers and pragmatic actors. Excellent administrators, maybe.
Optional: he’s gunning for his next job
Being the next President was always the plan – that’s why he was put in there. Or should I say he was Putin there.
John Kelly? Whoever it is is a patriot, although I disagree with his statement “what we as a nation has allowed him to do to us”. Other than the people who voted for Trump and the Republicans who refuse to rebuke him, how are the rest of us to blame?
I think this is a cowardly act. This person will be unmasked and fired. President Trump is not a politician. He is a business man and doesn’t work like a typical politician. Jobs are coming back. The economy is booming. He has the guts to talk about political correctness. And he is doing all of this while being beaten up every day in the media and Hollywood.
I Am PunkA says
Because we are still One nation, regardless. That is how. And things done by a President, in Congress or at the S.Ct. affect everyone. Always need an adult in the room. Obama did too at times as he had missteps too. Trump is worse, but no President is perfect.
It’s hard for me to accept this person’s contention that we are losing it as a moral and guiding force in the world.What Trump is doing is making our nation a respected entity in the world of world politics! As a nation, we suffered bad international deals-both trade and political! Europe has always held us in contempt calling us boorish, arrogant and self-possessed (among other things!) However, having said that, his personal background is not sterling,( per gossip blogs!) it is challenged!
Long time reader, first time posting.
Pence? Would he be so bold as to share his true feelings to anyone?
Without a name, this op ed piece isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
Agreed. I am weary of ‘anonymous sources’ ‘unnamed sources’ ‘a White House source’. Either identify yourself or forget it. You cannot make allegations like this anonymously, unless of course you are CNN, HuffPo, NYT, WaPo, or MSNBC. ;o)
High Steppa says
The man was elected to do what he said he would do. He is doing that for better or worse and Americans are doing better overall than in the last 12 years. He is not like politicians who show you their public face but have a private face. He is what we see before during and after the election. What he has done and promised to do is what he was elected by the people to do. This person and others don’t like it.
It shows how upturned the cart is today.
Coward. The Constitution includes a remedy for getting rid of an unfit president. The remedy is not to provide cover for the GOP by informally trying to take away Trump’s power. Trump’s unfitness is a public issue, not something that should be hidden away just so that the GOP can continue with its agenda of pillaging this country’s wealth and resources for the rich.
Excellent comment. He/she is a coward and so is the NYT who hide behind the First Amendment. In fact, it very well could be someone at the Times wrote it. They are so biased that they wouldn’t know the truth if it bit them in the…
General Jim Mattis
I thought that too at first. But Mattis is a retired General. He is too disciplined for that. I think the same thing of General Kelly. You don’t get to that level unless you are loyal.
Pence? The use of Lodestar was too obvious. However, he does have that idea that
Coward. Do something about it.
No idea who this person is, but they are a coward to the nth degree. Cowards hide behind a mask of secrecy like antifa , anonymous, and the kkk. Who appointed them God Almighty? They were not elected to their position. If you do not agree with the policies of the administration or simply do not like the personality of the elected leader, then get out. You are afforded a honor of working in the White House and are being paid for by the people of this nation. Do YOUR job or get out.
with 99% of the MSM, 99% of all Hollywood celebrities, and many Republicans against him, Trump won the presidency because people like me (a gay man who was once a Liberal NY Democrat) voted for him. This person, who should be fired just sounds like a disgruntled typical old Republican , upset that the times are changing and many of us are as sick of them as we are the way too liberal Democrats. I would never have voted for Rubio or Cruz or Bush. The Old-Time Republican days are numbered.
I know a lot of long-term Democrats who voted for Trump. Some had voted Dem their entire lives (and they’re older) but are tired of being treated like they don’t matter.
I used to be part of the MSM. I can promise you– THEY ARE BIASED!
This person should be fired.
Stupid question…. but what does “MSM” stand for?
Main Stream Media
Please… this is a hoax. How “coincidental” during hearings for a new conservative Supreme Court justice. Just another distraction.
Oooh — good point.
Pence- too pick
I doubt that this was written by a senior official in the Trump administration. It sounds more like something John McCain wrote and had Meghan deliver. If not McCain, it could be from Jeffy Sessions.
The person is a coward, and still bitter that Trump best their St. Hillary. It also sounds like subversion, like someone colluding to thwart an election.
The more Trump is bashed and harassed by celebrities and by the media, the more support Trump gets out here in middle America.
My guess is that it’s Jared Kushner. And as long as his wife wants to be there he’s stuck. I think anybody else would have left if they wanted to make a difference.
LIKE ANY DEMOCRAT HAS A SHREAD OF MORALITY, FROM TED KENNEDY TO HILLARY,
‘I’VE BEEN TO HUNDREDS OF CLOSE FRIENDS FUNERALS”
MCCAIN TOOK AN OATH, JANE DIDN’T, ALL THE GUYS ON THE SHIP
AND THOSE LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE HE BLOCKED ALL ATTEMPTS TO RECOVER THOSE LEFT BEHIND, HAD “TRUE “MORALS”.
I’D DO A FREDO OR LUCA BRAZZI ON EACH TRAITOR.
TRUMP IS GETTING STUFF DONE AND TO HELL WITH ALL THE ILLEGALS AND SNOWFLAKES.
EVERYONE DOESN’T DESERVE OR GET A TROPHY.
The voice in the writing is female with excellent use of cadence and syntax.
I’ll say Sarah Huckabee Sanders
I thought so too. My guess is Nicki Hailey.
As.a woman honorable is NOT leaving your loyal wife because of a disfiguring car accident. McCain honorable – hardly.
This the liberal one-sided “news” media using yet one more “unnamed source” for their “news”.
I don’t, for one minute, believe this is anything but junk thrown together by this worthless NYT gang. And the libs in bed with them.
Luckily I have cable so I don’t have to watch the alphabet channels and I don’t read the liberal print sources.
Witch hunt…but it’s the witches doing the hunting.
I totally agree. I don’t believe this for one second, and think that it’s all lies. The left have shown themselves as cunning, devious, hate filled, vicious, angry, liars, among other things. They seem to be willing to stoop to anything to try and bring down Trump, all because of their hate for him. It’s shameful and disgusting! They are clearly abusing their positions of power in the media, and everyone knows it, and can see through what they’re trying to accomplish……shame on them!!!!
I agree completely with the both of you and am shocked and saddened to see people so abusing our democracy and the news media in order to get into power. Our Senator, Elizabeth Warren, wants a HUGE tax put upon us to pay for those who come here “without papers.” She is also anti ICE. VERY bad people out there, not trying to take care of Americans in America at all. Want Marxism/redistribution of wealth at all costs.