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President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House senior official writes op-ed saying Trump is 'detrimental to the health of our republic'


WASHINGTON (Circa) — The New York Times released an anonymous op-ed piece from a senior official with the Trump administration criticizing the President's "misguided impulses."

The official says "President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader" and that they are part of a "resistance" within the White House that is willing to stop actions committed by Trump which don't put country first.

"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," the official says. "President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic."

A timeline of President Trump's statements on Canada and NAFTA

The biggest revelation in the story is that the cabinet considered invoking the 25th amendment, which would've started the process of removing Trump from office.

"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 official said.

"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," the official continued.

The official says many people who work under Trump are constantly in shock about what the President says off the cuff.

"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," the official said.


There is also a worry about Trump's relationship with Russian President Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

"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," the official said.

The newspaper says they've taken this action"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."

Furthermore, the publication says, "we believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers."

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