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.

Comments: 254

  1. General Mattis writes eloquently. He is to be (secretly) congratulated for his courage and devotion to country.

  2. @Jacques Caillault Absolutely invoke the 25th Amendment! As previously said, this is a process to correct a wrong. It is time to put all of the secrets and falsehoods away. It is time for the Republicans and the Trump administration to stand up and do what is right......what is American.

  3. @Jacques Caillault and trump is at this moment trying to figure out how to replace Mattis.

  4. @Jacques Caillault not Kelly?

  5. "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." If those are bright spots, what does darkness look like?

  6. @JS I read that paragraph and knew that commenters would key in on it. The author doesn't deny being a Republican and even states support for the president's political agenda. This isn't surprising and it isn't actually relevant to what's going on here. To focus in that is to fight a battle not being fought on this hill. The author makes an astonishing assessment of the president's unfitness for office from close range and reveals that many around him or her share the same thoughts. This battle is about getting rid of Trump, not fighting tax cuts and military spending.

  7. @Fenchurch "This battle is about getting rid of Trump, not fighting tax cuts and military spending." Why can't it be both?

  8. @JS “Effective deregulation” is a terrifying term, allying the writer with the disasters that have been wrought by desregulation.

  9. This is so disturbing. While some part of me appreciates the task this writer set for him/herself, it is truly shocking that the basic premise is that the elected president is not governing or allowed to govern! This is not the way to run a country. The writer mentions the 25th Amendment. It is not a constitutional crisis to invoke the amendment; rather, it is the constitutional process designed into our system to address a corrupt and unstable president. But this requires leaders willing to stand up and talk about what they see, on the record. Anonymous op-eds just won't do.

  10. @Grace agreed, this is so incredibly dangerous. NYT should reveal the author for the sake of the public safety

  11. @Grace The constitutional crisis has been happening for months but this guy is pretending he's protecting us.

  12. @Grace I think it is treasonous by the people who claim that are protecting us from the president madness not to invoke or promote the provocation of the 25th Amendment. Trump may be causing irreparable harm to our law enforcement, and intelligence agencies, to the Republican party, to our union. He single-handedly transformed the US into his image a tribal mobster, that is not easy to reverse

  13. This is an astonishing article, if it is what it purports to be. If the 25th Amendment isn't invoked in this circumstance, when could it be?

  14. great question!

  15. @Robert Schneider when its a democrat

  16. @Robert Schneider In the event of a stroke. Which we can expect any minute now, I think.

  17. This is great. It would be greater if it were signed by the author and many others similarly situated.

  18. @Shanin Specter very good point - perhaps the dozens of people in Trump's administration who all feel the same way can author a piece together and all sign their names. So what if they all get the ax? At least they will have each other's support - and the world's.

  19. @vmuw I would praise their courage and selflessness, regardless of their flawed party affiliation!

  20. I'm not sure whether I should be proud or horrified to be an American, but I'm leaning towards the latter at the moment.

  21. And why exactly aren't we invoking the 25th amendment? What are we waiting for - nuclear war?

  22. @Seattle Artist At this point, I think the GOP would him a pass on that!

  23. A new supreme court

  24. @Seattle Artist Trump is still conscious,and the Two Abject Cowards leading Congress off of a cliff aren’t doing anything- so I guess we’re stuck with him.

  25. ''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.'' That is all fine and dandy in principle, but the effects of this administration, the President's actions and the policies put forth have real world consequences that have been devastating. At what point (after you have possibly lost your job, your way of life, your health care, your human rights, and your dignity) do you ''reach across the aisle'' to be American ? If you are punched in the face 9 times and the person doing the punching says he will forego that last time out of ''compromise'', do you forget his actions and reach out a hand? - NO. The word compromise means that there is give and take from both sides - not just taking on one and giving on the other. (especially where human rights are concerned) People are making choices (especially the ones with r's beside their political affiliation) to try and work within the administration and somehow ''contain'' the carnage - it is not possible. (especially if the top of the government does not listen to reason) If you were really putting country above all else, you would resign, and vote for Democrats in the coming election(s), Some notable republicans are saying as much. That is the only way to put a check on this Presidency. Your move.

  26. @FunkyIrishman Well said. I would like to believe there is more that unites us than separates. However we have reached the point where only changing the make up of Congress can save us. May God have mercy on this country and remind us of the good we are capable of doing.

  27. @FunkyIrishman-Spot on insights. People like this author seem to believe it can't get worse under Trump, and claim it would get a whole lot better if only others would realize fundamentally we're all Americans and work to get along. That's like saying an alcoholic with unlimited access to alcohol--on an observable bender--isn't affected by alcohol and neither should we be; despite the fact we're passengers in the car he's driving.

  28. @FunkyIrishman Very well said.

  29. Yes, the bright spots are more pollution, disproportionate giveaways to the rich that ballon the deficit, and more military spending of which much was not requested by the military. I wonder why press coverage has been so negative?

  30. @Roy do you think the military requested cuts under Obama? Give me a break.

  31. It is truly sad that senior government officials are reluctant to speak out openly and clearly, in their own names, regarding what they are seeing and experiencing. The concept of the United States is one worth fighting for - and many have at great personal sacrifice. Why is this situation any different? Let your writer sign their name to their statement and may it be the step that causes members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to step up and fulfill their oaths to preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

  32. If the testimony here is true, what are the possible excuses for NOT invoking the 25th Amendment?

  33. @Andy Precisely my sentiments. This article provides precisely the sort of scenarios and rationale that were envisioned by the authors and ratifiers of the 25th Amendment. Does no one in the recesses of the administration recognize these truths?

  34. @Andy Pushing through a tired Republican agenda, that couldn't get a democratic majority on its own.

  35. @Andy - The reason is they will lose the Republican base if they get rid of Trump. Then they will lose elections. Still putting party before country.

  36. Still waiting on the adults in the room to put the baby in time out, but 50% of them have no spines.

  37. I’m sorry, it the failure to invoke the 25th amendment when advisors clearly see it’s warranted is just another example of the lengths to which Republicans will go for a tax cut.

  38. @LM That, and appointing conservative judges. "The evil that men do lives after them."

  39. There is more at stake than "country." Peoples' lives. For instance, children separated from families. There is blood on the hands of this author.

  40. @LM It actually may work as designed. Staffers run extreme conservative agenda and Trump is propped up for making noise and distract the public.

  41. I sincerely hope this is true. Most of Trump's "wins", at least in the author's view, are in the domestic arena. if there are adults in the White House who can diminish his authoritarian, unilateralism and anti-democratic impulses on an international level, we will be grateful. Oh and BTW Trump, you can expect massive protests to greet you when you visit Ireland.

  42. @Lynn I agree this administration is bad, but this essay is terrifying.

  43. Well, this is cause for considerable alarm without respect to one's opinion of either this administration policies or the character of the POTUS of the moment. First, it is remarkably arrogant for an appointed official to work surreptitiously against an administration policy. Second, the honorable alternative to doing the latter is resignation and oppose in the open. I admit that the choice is difficult under a POTUS as eccentric, perverse and morally abhorrent as the current one, but this seems an ominous rend if true.

  44. No matter who wrote this, I commend their courage.

  45. @Judy T. It's anonymous. Where does courage come into play?

  46. @Judy If they had courage...and truly wanted to save us...this would not be an unsigned piece. The forces against this admin will do anything....but this required no courage at all.

  47. @Judy I appreciate your thoughts, Judy, but in my estimation, "courage" would be saying these things publicly and not anonymously.

  48. Interesting. If Trump decided to read things once in a while, I'm sure this would infuriate him.

  49. @Mike McD He has, and it has. And if you read his comments and those of the Stepford Wife who poses as the WH Press Secretary, it has cut him to his core. And here’s the really great thing; it’s going to get worse!

  50. @Mike McD, not to worry - he'll flip on Fox News and somebody there will read it to him. Then he'll launch into a 30 to 40 minute, red-faced, spittle flecked tirade directed at whoever is unfortunate enough to be in the room. Actually since this dropped about 15 minutes ago, that is likely ongoing as I write this.

  51. @Mike McD: It's only been a few hours and the white house is already in a Defcon 1 witch hunt for those who spoke to Woodward and for the author of the editorial. Trump is preparing to personally administer medieval torture to anyone caught up in the tsunami of paranoia, hatred and suspicion.

  52. Amen! Even before Woodward's book it became clear that career public servants and other "adults" in the administration are the unsung heroes trying to keep the government from taking on the recklessness of its chief executive. We "see" you and now we hear you. Many thanks for serving as a buffer until we can right this wrong. PS I am a conservative evangelical who did not vote for Trump and there are many other unsung evangelicals like me who understand that the ends do not justify the means. Maybe someday one of us can write an insider editorial about what is really going on in our world.

  53. I would love to read that!

  54. @Louise Phillips, I think that essay is needed as soon as possible, and many more like it. Conservative evangelicals like you need to speak up loud and clear and often instead of letting the right-wing political pseudo-Christians speak for you, as has been the way for years.

  55. @Louise Phillips Do it now!

  56. And yet this author will probably vote for Trump again - to preserve their own power and in pursuit of a myopic ideology - over the best interest of the country. I’m so tired of all talk and *discreet* action that enables and empowers this disastrous administration to endure. Times like these, where the country and its culture threatens to splinter in two, require boldness and courage. Most importantly, change.

  57. @Keeptahoeblue: I didn't get that impression. I think he wants it to be over, and expects that it might end before the end of Trump's first full term.

  58. @Keeptahoeblue This is not a question of ideology. It is a question of trying to control someone who clearly is unfit to be president.

  59. Be the man (or woman) and go public with this. It is your democracy that is at stake. The should be worth much more than tax cuts and deregulation.

  60. @M. Hogan: better to keep Trump wondering. “Which one of you wrote this!” Everyone in the room raises their hand...

  61. @M. Hogan This should be worth more than their job too. Do the right thing and stop being anonymous.

  62. @M. Hogan This column is nothing but a naked attempt by the author to keep moderate, non-Trump base, republicans from voting Democratic in November. Stay the course, adults in the room, thousand points of light, wouldn't be prudent to vote Democratic at this juncture, I'm Al Haig in charge at the white house.... If it wasn't so serious, it would be hilarious.

  63. A light at the end of the tunnel? A small one. It is hard to accept that this presidency could actually be worse than we have seen.

  64. Where are McConnell and Ryan? We need Republican leaders to say these things publicly. Now.

  65. @Adam Levine They won't step in until they've gotten what they want, the United States set in a mold set by their views. Other political parties have done the same in the past so it's not new, but this time we have This President and the turmoil he brings with him. The best line here: 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.

  66. @Adam Levine McConnell will go down in history as a partisan hack who did untold damage to the credibility and effectiveness of Congress. No one has done more in the last decade to undermine the legitimacy of the federal government than he. Ryan has been espousing budgetary numbers that are pure fantasy in pursuit of his Ayn Rand-based ideology. To expect them to step up and do the right thing for the good of the country is a dream. They will only act when they perceive that Trump is getting in the way of their agenda rather than serving as an enabler of their agenda. For them, it's all about partisanship and ideology.

  67. @Adam Levine Don't hold your breath.

  68. Thank God you all are there behind the scenes, protecting the country surreptitiously, and the best you can. You are the unsung heroes. Please keep to your secret mission.

  69. This is truly frightening. There is already a crisis. Please invoke the 25th amendment, as Congress has not shown any interest in stopping this madness.

  70. @Bob G Perhaps you should read the 25th before talking about it.....

  71. Thank you for writing this. Thank you NYT for publishing it. I've been desperately hoping something like this was going on.

  72. It seems that every anonymous administration official is the star of their own action thriller. What the country needs is the truth.

  73. Sorry, but what I am reading is that the author and his or her like-minded colleagues are willing to tolerate an amoral president to move forward their own agendas. Our government is not supposed to work this way. These bureaucrats have two options: carry out the president's wishes consistent with the laws of our land or resign. Their third option of picking and choosing how they want to run the government sets a dangerous precedent. To be clear, I am not defending President Trump, but the solution this author offers is equally dangerous.

  74. @Padfoot Agreed.

  75. @Padfoot I generally agree with you, that the precedent of officials following their own whims instead of a president's is a governing disaster. But consider this: if someone took a key trade agreement to be signed off of President Obama's desk - wouldn't he notice, instead of ignoring/forgetting it like a child? Wouldn't literally *any another* president start realizing that his orders and wishes weren't being followed/that he was being undermined? I wonder if the hypothetical precedent is worse than how this would play out in real life with a sane, intelligent adult as president. - Prongs

  76. @Padfoot, I am deeply ambivalent. At least this writer and those who remove items from Trump's in-box to prevent him from taking impulsive actions (according to Woodward's book) are keeping the US from disaster, while we wait for other paths to removing this dangerous man from office to move us forward. Fear is rampant.

  77. I'm really not sure if this makes me feel better or worse.

  78. @MTS exactly.

  79. @MTS It makes me feel worse. Decidely.

  80. @MTS, if what is described in this Op-Ed piece doesn't define "shadow government," I don't know what does. Let me help you--I feel worse.

  81. Since Woodward's revelations I've been more and more thankful for the patriots in the administration, Secretary Mattis for example. Country first!

  82. The person writing this is still an un-elected person thwarting an elected President. "Deep State vs. Steady State" - not sure there is difference there except who is saying it.

  83. Not every position in a democracy is elected. This person would be appointed. It doesn’t follow that every appointed person or every applicant in civic roles are part of a so-called ‘deep state’ or are less democratic or devoted to those principals.

  84. @New York True, and on the face of it, actions such as this could be described as treasonous. However, if people weren’t doing this the US would probably now be at war. Which do you prefer?

  85. Thank God! These folks are true American heroes! I have been waiting for months for some sort or revelation like this!

  86. "We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous." Well that's not happening. Your policies are creating a future market crash and harming the environment. Any other ideas?

  87. @Humphrey-Agreed. A very starry-eyed statement that suggests the writer is fairly narrowly read, fails to understand what President Obama set in motion that has helped the economy Trump now enjoys along with the temporary sugar high unleashed with the corporate tax give-away, and the catastrophic real-world consequences Trump and his enablers are lining up for the future.

  88. This is incredible, really unprecedented. But please, please, please, do precipitate a constitutional crisis before it is too late. Trump IS the commander in chief and he IS dismantling our democracy one piece at a time.

  89. @Davide I agree. There is great danger here in the potential hubris of a few who think with a few other "right" minded individuals they can contain the damage up until and sail right past the point of no return for damage control.

  90. @Davide It is clear that we are already in a constitutional crisis. We have an acknowledged unfit POTUS, who is not our leader, and a defacto coup. Trump must be removed immediately.

  91. @Davide Actually, by my reading, dismantling democracy was one of the author's points in favor of supporting Trump.

  92. I share the Times perspective that this is important work to publish. However, in an era of mistrust of journalism and civic institutions, this may further undermine the trust many citizens place in these institutions. I can respect the need for privacy and confidentiality, but without more information, this commentary may serve to only worsen mistrust and partisan divide. I trust that the Times will exercise the journalist integrity it has earned, but this is placing a lot of faith in the process.

  93. @Michael Sidel You hit the nail on the head!

  94. I have been truly alarmed for months now and it is escalating daily. I hope that this op-ed is accurate because it gives me hope that we will weather this storm. I have often wondered why the people who know what is really going on don’t speak up. This explains somewhat the thinking on their part, but this government has GOT TO STOP the partisanship. Nothing is worth throwing away the republic. Not power, money, or fame. Nothing.

  95. The guessing game has begun about who wrote this essay. But the true issue is not who wrote it, but why they and their colleagues continue to prop up a deranged despot, rather than publicly and promptly calling for the activation of the 25th amendment process. I suspect they have been influenced by the Stockholm Syndrome -- in one definition, the "Stockholm syndrome is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity."

  96. I believe that the author of this piece , as well as like minded members of the administration, are sincerely afraid that an attempt to invoke the 25th Amendment would make things worse, not better. The Republican voter is in thrall with Trump right now.

  97. @DrBill It is not Stockholm syndrome. It is self-preservation. The anonymous letter shows that Republicans are allowing a clearly incompetent, possibly unelected, person to remain in office. We are already in the midst of a constitutional crisis, so that argument, which may have held some water a few months into the presidency, is now ridiculous. I agree with the person who wanted to now if the author is a staffer or an appointment, but I feel it is the opposite. An appointee should do everything possible to remove this lunatic from office, while a staffer can only throw up road blocks. And while we watch the potential confirmation of another Justice who is glad to declare democracy dead, Republican Senators and Representatives are the true villians in this final scenario. I have visions of Grassley screaming "death panels" in order to avoid providing low-income citizens with insurance, while he sits on the committe that oversees the appointment of the next person who is supposed to be the last line of defense for democracy. We have gone far enough down the rabbit hole that we can all stop pretending we are not already in not only a constutitional crisis. We are now in a fight to save America.

  98. @DrBill--My guess: Melania.

  99. I commend your efforts and rationale, but wonder if history will see this in the same light you perhaps do - of defusing a danger. The danger is far more than a misguided policy. The consequences could be horrific and inaction or mild delays/go-slow bureaucratic techniques are not a solution. In other countries, a vote of no-confidence with the ability to cross aisles to vote according to one's conscience and the formation of a coalition to govern are solutions that have been used.

  100. Republicans put Trump in office, for the good of the republic they must be the ones who remove him.

  101. I have to argue with this: Americans and a flawed election system put Trump in office. We continue to ignore and accept a system that clearly does not work because no one in power has the guts or true patriotism to advocate change. That's how we have UNELECTED officials like Zinke, DeVos, and (formerly) Pruitt, who are given more power than the leaders of most nations hold.

  102. @mungomunro So, you want President Pence to take over? 'Cause, you know, if Trump resigns or is removed, there's not going to be a 'do-over' of the election where Hillary gets another shot at the title.

  103. @CharlesInTexas: Pence is part of the problem so he must go as well. The office should be held by a care taker president until 2020. Thats what was done with Nixon, so their is a precedent.

  104. I read this and plead for a. a signature and b. more letters like this please.

  105. My question is the following: Is the author of this column an individual appointed to his or her position, or a career civil servant? The author's commentary carries more weight if it is the former rather than the latter.

  106. @Metaphor It may carry more weight, but it carries a burden so far being ignored: If this is a Cabinet-level officer, they are neglecting their true duty to step up under the 25th Amendment and do something.

  107. @Metaphor "That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to ...".

  108. @Metaphor It would have to be a political appointee. There are no "senior officials" in the WH that are career civil servants.

  109. Our intrepid undercover administrator lost me at 'historic tax reform.' Historic all right, and for all the wrong reasons.

  110. @Bill Prange Amen. Historic in its sleight of hand disguised as a middle class tax break when it is a corporate give away. Effective deregulation? Effective for polluters, oil companies, and those who prey upon the middle and working class.

  111. @Bill Prange Yes, absolutely! They actually started losing me at the dismissive quotation marks around "resistance". ('To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left.')

  112. @Bill Prange @Bill Prange yes being from California you are used to pay taxes not a reduction

  113. This Mea Culpa is banal in its self-praise: stage-setting that there are rational, inspirational Republicans merely hunkered down because there's nothing they can.... No, wait, they are telling us they can do things, as long as it suits their venality.

  114. Call me crazy, but if someone’s own staff have a campaign in place to resist them, maybe that person shouldn’t be in power? Was the GOP that desperate for power that they were willing to put America and the whole world at risk?! Astounding

  115. @Lisa No, Lisa, the GOP wasn't that desperate. The GOP didn't, doesn't want Trump any more than you do. It was the millions of voters NOT in NYC and/or LA and/or Chicago who DESPERATELY wanted Hillary to NOT be the next President.

  116. @Lisa Not only astounding, but irresponsible. The Op-Ed writer, his friends, and Republicans in Congress need to be reminded of their obligation to support and defend the Constitution. What they are doing is subverting the Constituion and putting the nation -- and the world -- at risk.

  117. @Lisa ... yes, sadly they were that desperate, and continue to be. and likely the Democrats are as well. the system needs to change. I found the piece truly disturbing!

  118. “...what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us.”

  119. Didn’t vote for him. I’m not part of the nation that supports him.

  120. @Brad Rafferty yea tax cuts, recorded employment, judicial appointments, ISIS eradicated, Military funded, FBI swamp draining, IRAN deal flushed, NAFTA redone, NATO paying their promised share my the things he has done.

  121. @Kmk Fantasy.

  122. "Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives" Sorry, you can't have it both ways. Trump was birthed by Nixon, Reagan, Palin, Hate Radio and Fox.

  123. @RRBurgh When Paul "Ayn Rand" Ryan is an "intellectual" by Republican standards, words have lost their meaning.

  124. @RRBurgh ...and Kenneth Starr, Dubya and his friends at The New American Century. With a little help from Vlad.

  125. @RRBurgh Evidence of a Republican coup much?

  126. You and Faust both.

  127. Speak truth to power. This is remarkable in so many ways. A triumph of the American Experiment in it's darkest night. It inspires hope. Chapeau..!

  128. @Robert Marcus The only time we ever hear the mantra 'speak truth to power!' is when a Republican is in office. Stop it. It's silly when you say that.

  129. @Robert Marcus Sorry. This isn’t speaking truth to power. It’s whispering and sending anonymous letters to power.

  130. I didn't think I could be floored during the Trump era, but this is truly stunning. A senior official admitting he is working against his president for the good of the country. Can you imagine what foreign leaders reading this must think? What an unprecedented, embarrassing, shocking time we are living through.

  131. @Jonathan Y Johnny we don't live far apart ! Though we see things so differently, out here in Trump Country, the folks love him. And around the world? Leaders are on their knees.

  132. Hi, I'm from France and I think we should all remember the last sentence of this article, about every citizen that can make a difference and rise above politics. You don't have to be ashamed because in here we follow what's going on in America and we understand your point of view, you should be proud of your free press and value it, every country has his own issues, no country is perfect, this kind of debates make people consider what they really want for them and their country.

  133. @Jonathan Y I don't think we realize how many foreign governments are also filled with resistors. The difference is that here we can read their thoughts in the NYT rather than their letters from prison.

  134. Apres moi, le deluge? No. Be honest and shed your anonymity. You are protecting a monster.

  135. Protecting a monster or acting as a monster - how to tell?

  136. Easy to tell someone else to fall on their sword.

  137. Allowing this insanity to continue is irresponsible. If Trump doesn't resign, those in his administration who recognize his danger should resign en masse.

  138. @Suzanne Moniz Yes. All are culpable and GOP is Complicit.

  139. @Suzanne Moniz resign for what because a disgruntled anonymous liar has an axe to grind. You lost the election try winning.

  140. The problem with this is that it allows people in the administration to have it both ways: claim credit for what they see as successes and blame the failures on Trump alone. Our constitution allows for removal from office by a cabinet that doesn’t deem a president fit for office. I see this as nothing else but a plea for future rehabilitation for opportunistic members of the administration who use it to push through their agenda, and don’t want to deal with the fallout.

  141. @Jesenko Vukadinovic The author is dishing out Self serving drivel, and anointing himself an un-elected savior. The constitutional crisis is having senior administration officials, un-elected btw, ignore their oaths of office and deciding they'll try and keep their crazy uncle president away from the nuclear button and any other dangerous objects, instead of going through the appropriate process via, 25th amendment to have him removed from office by constitutional means.

  142. It is beyond my comprehension to think that those who work in the WH and Congress are letting this happen. It seems to me that we are already in a crises, which only deepens daily. Enough.

  143. I have to at least consider how close we are to nuclear detonation? The observations presented are astounding. If true, and I have no reason to doubt the article, he is not competent to carry on the duties of President.

  144. I appreciate the efforts of the author and their peers to steady the ship. This behavior, however, does not absolve them of responsibility for the abhorrent behavior and policies of the President. Their duty is to country first, not party. As such, if the President presents such a danger to the nation, they owe it to their fellow citizens to publicly and loudly expose said behavior with requisite proof. They need to allow the people to make an informed choice in the next electoral cycles.

  145. I didn't vote for Trump, but at least his name was on the ballot for others to check. I don't know who wrote this, but I'm pretty sure their name wasn't on the 2016 ballot for President of the United States of America.

  146. Thank God there are some adults in the room! The Republic will survive; the country is larger, and better, than the whims of one tyrant. But it's hard not to weep a little when one stops to consider that not only did we vote him into office, but he still has supporters. It would be nice to hear from Congress, especially from the right side of the aisle. I'm not holding my breath.

  147. If this person truly had courage they would stand up in public and call out the behavior of Mr. Trump. Anyone can say anything behind a veil of anonymity.

  148. They'd lose their job stat, as have others who have spoken up against Trump within the administration. The anonymity in this case seems imperative.

  149. @mjbarr While your comment is valid, their "outing" would also blow their cover, and end their efforts to shield our country from this maniac.

  150. @mjbarr If Democrats had courage they would stand up in public and call out the behavior of their fellows. Never happens.

  151. I appreciate that the Times has taken this unprecedented step in publishing a piece without attributing its source. However, I take little comfort from what this anonymous writer and those who support what he (or she) is attempting to do to steer the ship of state in smoother waters. What is needed is indeed what this writer and those in his (her) orbit aren't doing and should be: implementing the 25th Amendment. I think they are dead wrong in not doing so because they may believe they can negotiate the tempest created by this monster of a president without doing what is really right: attempting to get him out of office.

  152. @eric doesn't the president have to be unfit to serve to envoke 25A? So some anon thinks he's unfit, let's get rid of him right? Have you heard of due process? You people are so unwittingly duped by this idea the Trump will leave office ever. Sad.

  153. @Bebetto Invoking the 25th Amendment IS due process! Several cabinet members must attest to the incapacity of the president and then it goes before Congress. How much more "due process" do you want???

  154. @Bebetto You don't expect the president to leave office ever? Pretty ballsy to admit to supporting dictatorship. Wow.

  155. My takeaway from this is since the President has no vision or policy we are being governed by the unelected politburo that got him into office. He is unfit but will not be deposed through the 25th Amendment, it would jeopardize the power held by his advisors and his party. I think they are more afraid of the Vice President then they are of the President.

  156. This is absolutely extraordinary. In 40 plus of observing American politics I've never seen anything like it.

  157. It would appear to this reader from across the Atlantic that this piece is confirmation of a coup d'etat in the USA. The anonymous author of the op-ed and their fellow 'adults in the room' are ruling the people without a mandate from the people. And justifying it, anonymously, in the 4th estate. Wow.

  158. @Daniel. Who says Trump has a mandate? He didn’t even win the popular win and certainly doesn’t have a mandate. Just saying.

  159. @Daniel Given the alternative, how can anyone of good judgement who cares for this country complain?

  160. @Daniel Agreed. This is already a constitutional crisis, because we have people leading the country that weren't elected. I agree that what they do is necessary, but this is what the 25th amendment is for. I am a staunch liberal, but would rather somebody like Pence sit in the President's chair and act like a president than what is happening today.

  161. It's been clear before - although this Op-Ed reiterates it yet again - that the so-called "Deep State" isn't people working in opposition to President Trump's agenda. It's people working in support of America in those instances when President Trump isn't.

  162. @Bruce No, this shows the people working against Trump are working in support of the Government, not the people. The Federal Government quit representing the people many decades ago.

  163. @Bruce how do you know the "deep state" isn't working for a sinister cabal? There shouldn't be a deep state usurping power ever. What's the point of a vote then?

  164. Oh my goodness. This op-ed, if genuine, is one of the most explosive things I have in my life ever read about our government. The op-ed is without precedent, because its context is that we are currently, in too many ways, without a president. The Pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus said that "Time is a child playing with dice, a kingdom is in a child's hands." That might be how time works, but it is no way to run a country, Donald.

  165. @pjc And the Woodward book? Wow! This is truly insane!

  166. The anonymous author should approach the leaders of both parties, warn them of the unstable president, and arrange for removal of the president through impeachment or the 25th Amendment. The time for "don't worry, I've got this covered" is over. I'm not sure I trust an anonymous player to act in the best interest of America. Only strong and loud voices will suffice in this battle for our collective soul.

  167. @Patty hahahaha, ya "warn" them because this anon must be right. Right after that happens, this anon should become president as he rides off on his unicorn to save the republic. Hillary didn't win. stop the insanity. Trump will not be out, ever. Keep it up, and he'll be around for 6 years. Then his son or daughter will be another 8 years.

  168. @Patty I can see the author proclaiming, I'm not the President, but I slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

  169. @Patty The writer should bring another 50 colleagues who feel the same way and force an "intervention" on the GOP in Congress!

  170. Besides the shock and horror over this presidency which this official has simply confirmed for us, this op-Ed begs the obvious question for all Americans, why is Mr Trump still in office? What good is he doing? As a follow up question, what do Republicans think that Donald Trump will do to their legacy and the long term survivability of their party?

  171. So, now that they've got their Supreme Court guy confirmed, the tax cuts for the rich in place, environmental reforms reversed, education policy upended, now they are courageously resisting? Spare us your anonymous courage.

  172. @Cowboy Bob Exactly. The thought that this president, or any Repub, is doing something good for the country is delusional. Keeping people from voting, the rule of the minority over the majority (70% of Americans want legal abortion, for instance), racism in action, the irresponsibility of ignoring climate change and the slaughter of our children by white men with guns, the tax cuts which don't help anyone but the Repub donors. Trump is in a class of destructiveness by himself, it is true, but the the rest of the party is not far behind in destroying whatever progress this country has made. So yeah, spare me.

  173. @Cowboy Bob What we don't know, is how long this "resistance" movement has been operating. Nor do we know where our country would be if it wasn't.

  174. @Cowboy Bob. agreed, just another bunch of anonymous vague generalizations with no substance... typical liberal agenda..

  175. If the people around 45 were truly concerned about our country and him, they’d be calling mental health professionals to secure the safety we need and the supervision he needs.

  176. The way to save a tottering democracy is hardly more secrecy and subterfuge. Anonymous articles, like this one, from within some "quiet resistance" within the administration seems ill conceived and wrongheaded in every way. It makes the press seem conspiratorial and less accountable, it makes the administration seem more divided and out of control, and it makes us, the people, seem irrelevant.

  177. Eloquently stated

  178. Despite their efforts, Trump has already done incredible damage to our Nation. After he is gone, our environment, global reputation, economy, etc will be in tatters. Our judiciary will be stocked with right-wing advocates who have not hesitated to deny people, especially women, their basic rights, and put industry and wealthy individuals above the rest of us Americans. His piece is a good start, but much more needs to be done. True Americans will work to stop Trump NOW, not in 2 or 6 years.

  179. @BMD This writer is thrilled with the attacks on the environment and the economy -- note his enthusiasm for deregulation and the regressive tax cuts. He just wishes the person behind all these right-wing goodies wasn't a crazy incompetent.

  180. @BMD Did Gorsuch already take away peoples or women's rights? "basic rights" such as what? What you are advocating for is craziness, the likes of communists.

  181. Taking you at your word thank you for your service. What happens when Trump fires you and others holding the country together? How much damage can he do encumbered by adults in the room? It’s time for his removal via 25th amendment, impeachment or resignation. Maybe he can take Pence with him. Wouldn’t that be great.

  182. "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." Yes, I have seen this, wondering how the president wasn't noticing, before remembering he doesn't read. Now I know. This is an astounding article--one that dovetails with certain details of the Bob Woodward book. Of course, reading this, along with what I heard yesterday, it would seem we are indeed way past 25th amendment territory. And yet, this author (or authors) notes that that would put us into a constitutional crisis. But aren't we practically there now? The threats the president makes at rallies that he will "get involved" with the DOJ so he can take control of this investigation that's clearly driving him mad, could become reality any day now. This two-track presidency seems to create its own danger, as reassuring as it initially seems. Because if it's brought to the attention of this erratic and impulsive (I should say impaired) man, God knows where we end up. Under this president, times seems to be crawling and accelerating at the same time. God bless, you author(s), whoever you are.

  183. @ChristineMcM So this isn't just another hit piece? You are telling me for 18 months these cowards don't resign, or come forward, but supplant the people of USA who voted for this president and you think it's great? Sad.

  184. @ChristineMcM “If it’s brought to the attention of...””? Even this erratic non-reader of a president may have heard by now of this traitor in his nest! We can expect heads to roll tonight.

  185. "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." While we may be thankful, the adults you speak of are not elected officials, meaning our country's executive branch is being run by a cabal of anonymous people with no accountability to voters. This letter represents a constitutional crises.

  186. @Marty I couldn't agree more. The 25th Amendment is not a "Constitutional crisis"; it is what the Constitution provides for. The "first duty" of these members of the administration is to inform members of the Cabinet and Congress of instances when djt is acting inappropriately; not to second guess what they believe is the right thing for the administration to do. These "adults in the room" were not elected and yet they are trying to hold the reins of government because djt is not fit for office; in fact, "acts in a manner detrimental to the health of our nation". There's your Constitutional crisis for you. The Constitution does not recognize a "two track" Presidency. Just the release of this anonymous confession underscores the reality of a situation that needs to be addressed by the 25th Amendment or by impeachment. This is a cabal; possibly anarchy. It is a complete undermining of citizens' rights in the electoral process and to be protected by the provisions of the Constitution.

  187. @Marty Actually Republicans in Congress have shown little accountability to voters also.

  188. I understand what the author is trying to communicate with this Op-Ed, and while there is some minuscule comfort in knowing that there are adults in the room, the bigger question is if his incompetence is so clear to those within his innermost orbit, why are they allowing him to continue to be in power? There are mechanisms in place in the Constitution to prevent this scenario and it strikes me as a gross dereliction of duty to allow this man to continue to be in power and just hope that the adults manage to steal the papers off his desk before he has a chance to sign something that would send this country into chaos. That is not how to govern what should be the world's preeminent super power.

  189. @Drpsuedonym His incompetence enables them to maintain control. If he is removed from power, they no longer have free reign to push their own agendas through the President.

  190. @Drpsuedonym, I entirely agree. Waiting until 2020 to remove this wannabe dictator from office, permits our true adversaries to take advantage of our vulnerabilities. Let's hope Trump's grown-ups in the room get the message and act now by lawful means to end the threat to our democracy. The 2020 elections may be too late!

  191. I don't find this comforting. I find it horrifying. If so many professionals and "adults" are so completely aware of the Resident's weaknesses and dangers, then they truly have an obligation to reveal this and begin the process of removing him. What if they blink and he signs one of those papers usually whisked away? What if he tweets something even more bellicose than usual? The position, even quarantined, is powerful. The person occupying it must at least have a grasp of reality. This is a situation that historians will puzzle over for decades. Meanwhile, it must be fixed.

  192. @Susan Blum Don't blame the author of this piece, blame the tens of millions of voters who elected Trump. It's their fault, and theirs alone. The 25th is for when Trump orders a nuclear first strike or something apocalyptic like that - which he has not done yet. Anything short of that: Sorry, he was elected according to the law. The American people own this one.

  193. I am 66 years old. Obviously, I have never witnessed anything like this. However, no one should be surprised as this op-ed piece is consistent with the daily leaks and the books that have been written and published this year. I feel a little better knowing that the "quite resistance " exists. I can only hope that the President's supporters see more clearly what he is.

  194. @cjkellar not a coincidence right?

  195. On one hand, this article is refreshing, to know (as we suspected) that there were good people on the inside trying to temper this chaos (and who, despite their perfunctory denials, fully intended to ensure their experiences where known by Bob Woodward). Still, what is more troubling is that this same cadre of "steady State" players -- many of whom are Cabinet-level, could not find the courage to step up to their duty under the 25th Amendment and end this, if they truly felt the nation was at risk under this psychotic tyrant. Until that happens, the book Fear and countless other alerts to this danger will be worth little more than the pixels and paper on which they are displayed.

  196. You say you want the administration to succeed, but are what? Whose agenda is being carried out? The senior administrative officials are not the elected ones. Who is setting the agenda? I recall Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, claiming he was in charge in the immediate aftermath of Reagan's shooting. Elected officials from both parties quickly disavowed the statement. The constitution provides for succession in the event of the president's incapacity. In this case, that remedy is the 25th amendment, not officials seeking to constrain and undermine the president.

  197. Firstly, we are not supporters of His Unhinged Unraveling Unfitness. Secondly, the 'constitutional crisis' you decry is the remedy the Founders set up for what is/has been going on for close to 2 years now. Thirdly, you and your compadres should be calling for House GOP'ers and Sen. and Ms. McConnell to be following their Oaths. Lastly, if you are in the West Wing, you swore an Oath to this country - not POTUS 45*, not to the GOP, and not to a 'conservative' agenda.

  198. @R. Law Agree with your main ideas, but do recall that the 25th amendment was ratified in 1965.

  199. @R. Law - Follow on: Your 'soft coup' rationalization of promoting the conservative agenda is of a piece with GOP'er gatekeepers who let djt anywhere near a ballot without the de minimus vetting of seeing his tax returns, because: judges, tax cuts, deregulation. As was confirmed by the recording of Speaker Ryan and other GOP'ers in 2016 (before the GOP convention) discussing djt as 'paid by Putin', and Ryan swearing all present to secrecy, to prove they were 'family': https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-le... The outlines of all that has happened, and of what is yet to come, were known before the GOP convention, before the election, before GOP electors met in the Electoral College. The ends justifying the means was the calculus of all the above. Now, djt has become inconvenient, and the whole world knows you/your cohorts are protecting someone who would be under federal indictment for conspiracy were he not inhabiting the singular address of 1600 Penn: https://www.vox.com/2018/8/21/17765566/michael-cohen-plea-deal-trump-mue... When djt leaves, GOP'ers will still be in control, along with their agenda - this apologia in no way justifies what Complicit GOP'ers have been doing, and enabling.

  200. @doug - And of a piece with the Constitution, in no way diminished by its status as an amendment; thus the author's label "constitutional crisis" instead of "constitutional amendment crisis".

  201. In the end, Trump's BSing and lies, like the cheap evil they are, are banal and boring. If (most say when), the House changes hands in November, without the cover of a Republican House, he's going to come into clearer focus as what we New Yorkers have always seen - a talentless, petty, adolescent, bullying ignoramus with some sort of personality disorder. His stint as an impostor president will cement his worthlessness forever and remain a blot on the dignity of American government. I sincerely wish and hope the adults in the White House can contain his worst impulses until he can be replaced either before, or in 2020. I'm a center left guy, and not to concern troll, but for true conservatism (once a respectable worldview, albeit one with which I have honest disagreement), Trump and the memory of him, may very well prove be a net liability for a long, long time.

  202. "But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis." This has been a non-stop constitutional crisis for nearly two years.

  203. May I ask, why is he still allowed to be in power? If the dangers are so extreme, won’t it be more prudent to act sooner than later to dispose this autocrat? I would rather risk a constitutional crisis rather than the lives and future of our country and our world.

  204. As much as I oppose conservative thought, I respect those that believe in it for the right reasons, which this author articulates (“free minds, free market, and free people”). Most of all, I appreciate that at least some conservatives in the Trump administration recognize that Trump doesn’t stand for these ideals any more than he stands for anything else, other than himself. I would hope that the people whose views this article represent can get the courage to stand up, put their names on the bottom of this letter, and start the 25th amendment process. Frankly, I wouldn’t consider that a constitutional crisis but instead the constitution working as it should.

  205. I believe what the the author writes and in his (or her) commitment to serving the nation. However to truly serve the country the writer and as many cohorts as possible must state their beliefs openly, resign, and bring all this evidence to the public.

  206. I would ask whether these senior officials will consider campaigning against President Trump in 2020. If not, this piece seems hollow to me.

  207. The next two years will really test whether we are a meta-stable society. I notice no one is swapping dollars for other currency, so the rest of the world still believes America will survive Trump.

  208. The rest of the world don't flip flop, but we surely are distancing ourselves slowly. I don't see many American flags on products here in Denmark anymore.

  209. @Belizebound Actually, Russia is dumping dollar securities for gold. If Putin decides that he can't get anything he wants from the current administration, his best bet is to dump all of the kompromat he has on Trump & Co in order to further destabilize the US.

  210. @StuckinredCalifornia Russia is dumping dollars for gold in an attempt to deal with the congressional sanctions and their problems with international banking, not a comment on american stability

  211. Until and unless people are willing to put their names on these sorts of things I will continue to be unimpressed by all the anonymous story telling. It's easy to play anonymous and throw bombs, a patriot would stand front and center and sign his name in bold. The less than courageous are out in full force.

  212. @Jimbo — extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. This patriot can do more good working covertly. Simply speaking out is no longer effect in this post truth era.

  213. Thank you to the brave patriot who wrote this essay. It took a lot of courage to reach out to assure your fellow citizens that people were working hard to control the chaos during this unprecedented time in our democracy. Although I’m beyond disappointed that Trump hasn’t been removed from office yet, I’m encouraged that people are doing what they can to affect change and preserve our country.

  214. This is insane. And, I think, objectionable. Either Trump is the appropriate head of government or he isn't. If he is, then let him make his dumb decisions, let his administration fall apart, and then voters can send him out of office. Or, if he isn't, then don't work for him in the first place. I don't see how America is better off with unelected officials driving policy, even when the President is a disaster like Trump. This is also bad because it might be conflated with the good practice of career workers in the bureaucracy not violating their professional obligations to appease the President and his not being able to replace them at will. But political appointees shouldn't be trying to undermine the administration. Translation: Republican operatives weren't satisfied sidelining the will of the public when a Democrat was in office. Now, they're intent on making sure a crazy heterodox Republican's administration toes the orthodox Republican line. That's bad, not good.

  215. @Pierce Randall, excellent points. The corrupt GOP thwarted the will of the voters, when they wouldn't allow the Supreme Court nominee of a sitting, duly elected President Obama to have a hearing before Congress. Now, they , and those in the WH, are enabling a deranged grifter and his minions to do what they can to rip the economic and social fabric of our country, and they are about to install an extreme rightwing ideologue who has been trained to turn our country back to the dark ages before Roe v Wade and any number of other advances, in voters rights and consumer protections... The writer is happy about the tax cuts for corporations and the very wealthy, which will lead to gigantic deficits and probably cuts to the social safety net and to expenditures on infrastructure, education...and he/she is happy that the ideologues installed in the cabinet are busily cutting regulations protecting consumers, workers, our environment and our society. But he feels badly that a nut is POTUS...those who are "protecting" the country by essentially running a coup d'etat should resign, and expound to the skies why. If leading WH senior officials did this, we might be able to get rid of the unfit person in the WH, and we *might* have a shot of surviving this dark chapter in our history.

  216. In the very least, the letter is small comfort. But it is another "brick" in walling off Trump. The stark reality of the political "jungle" is this; if and only if Republicans suffer an overwhelming midterm loss and if and only if Trump's approval rating drops to the mid to low 30's (shrinking the Republican base to near extinction, foretelling a 2020 loss), then and only then will the GOP jettison Trump as they plan to regroup for a 2020 revival.

  217. A question for whom ever this is: Is there a limit as to how far you will go to enable this President? This is not a question I need to know the answer to, but you better. There is no doubt in my mind that Trump will try to exceed all limits, particularly when he is cornered. Within the next 24 months you may face a soul searing decision. To paraphrase a recent ad "Believe in your country. Even if it costs you everything."

  218. Thank you for writing this. Thank you for protecting Americans against Trump. I do agree that as Americans we need to come together and find what elements we all have in common and I do believe that: "United we stand, Divided we fall". I am a Democrat and a Liberal but I am also an American and believe in American ideals - the Constitution, the importance of civil rights, individual freedoms, the free press - I think there truly are things that we can agree upon. I also believe that in November we can all come together to remove Trump/Putin and those that support him. I believe that is the Patriotic thing to do.

  219. “No one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.” You just did.

  220. Thanks Sarah. It's about time.

  221. That we have come to this, the president's aides have to protect us from the president, is simply frightening. VOTE!!!!

  222. It’s worse than we ever thought it could be. A traitor and a contemptuous man is our president and he going to run our country over the ledge. And the GOP in Congress is just fine with that. This is beyond an outrage, this is a historical disaster!

  223. OK. Let's start the guessing. I am saying it is NOT, Sarah, or Kellyanne, or even Kelly. It could be McGahn, or Mattis, and possibbly Pompeo. Feel free to chime in.

  224. The Republicans need to grow a spine and stand up to this bully. And not creep in the shadows, like loathsome creatures, trying to undo all the damage that Trump has done.

  225. I don't believe it. The author's intent MUST be fully questioned and while I trust the NY Times in every way - I also know that we've seen reporters of this great paper hood-winked by a VP during the run-up to the Iraqi war. I would like to see the NY Times publish the piece that explains the deliberations behind this unique event. Could it be that this person wants to send Trump a message that his minions are "pulling papers off his desk". Or is this an attempt to stir up the "deep-state" nonsense of which Trump is so enamored. Used to be the slogan was "Trust no one over 30". Now I think its time to say "Trust no one in the Trump Administration".

  226. This serves as an indictment of republicans. And, maybe, if these "adults" weren't in the room, Trump's actions might doom him. The author seems to serve up vapid excuses to alleviate the guilt of aiding a dictator.

  227. So John Kelly has been heard from I guess.

  228. These facts should make every American sick and every trump supporter ashamed of themselves and remorseful. The fact that there are “adults in the room” is of no comfort. Our country is in grave danger ...from within.

  229. Wow, this is really unprecedented and unpresidented. If there was ever a cry for help, this is it.

  230. When can the Surgeon-General do a full psychiatric assessment on Trump and give him medical leave for the duration of his term!

  231. Well this is sure to make DT (even more) paranoid.

  232. I think the word is "gobsmacked."

  233. So - apparently - you remain a loyal member of the Trump party and view the President as a "Useful Tool" to be guided and controlled. You aid and abet efforts to cover up for him and to whitewash his actions to keep him in power. You are an enabler and an accessory to a criminal. Are we supposed to somehow be comforted by your revelations?

  234. This sounds like Ivanka.

  235. It would be comforting to know that there is at least one person inside the Trump's administration that acknowledges he's a madman even as the writer admires the madman's economics policies. But the GOP's fascist insistence to force the appointment of a Supreme Court justice along party lines while an unindicted co-conspirator sits in the White House shatters any comfort. Our democracy is in danger.

  236. The writer is a senior member of the Trump Administration the way Jennifer Rubin and Ana Navarro are "conservatives."

  237. If they are so patriotic, they shouldn't sacrifice themselves at the altar of idiocracy, but instead join with other true patriots who are part of the real resistance, and get this president out of office. Do the right thing here - and there is only one clear way. Free minds and free markets and blah blah - is an ideal to fight for in an intact country. The cost of tolerating this lunatic amoral president will be higher than any damage to free market ideals by bringing in a sane, even (shudder) democratic president. Can you patriots even see that much?

  238. Now THAT’s what I call real patriotism

  239. Wow. What to make of this? It appears genuine. And brave. At some point the author will be outed and won't that be fun. Further proof we are being led by a giant bully baby, and hoping the adults can keep him cribbed. But when the walls start closing in after Nov., then what? He will rage and the ability to keep him from doing greater harm increases, perhaps beyond the limited control that seems to be hemming him in. Sad.

  240. This is no way to run a country. Quit and go public.

  241. Bravo. I hope the author keeps his job for another 2 1/2 years. Otherwise we're in deep trouble.

  242. It is unbelievable that this charade continues. Lock him up, lock him up.

  243. This is infuriating. The author is working for a president he or she knows is amoral and has actively worked to obstruct the rule of law and attempts to justify that because his agenda is so worthy? Trump's only agenda is himself, and members of his staff are enabling his worst impulses by working for him on the taxpayer's dime.

  244. Barron Trump is wise beyond his years.

  245. do not try to blame anyone who was not responsible for voting for this person. You and yours are the reason we are in this mess. Do something about it now, or face the harsh consequences and realities of your inaction.

  246. So the “adults” in the administration are not letting Trump “be Trump.” Isn’t that what his base elected him for? Sorry, I don’t buy that these “senior” WH people are doing good for America. The writer freely admits that some “good things” have happened—good for whom? So you are okay with an unhinged leader so long as you can push your own agenda? You are no better than Congress, and I do not applaud you for “saving us” from Trump. If you were truly trying save America, you would provide evidence and testimony to support removing him from office using the 25th Amendment.

  247. Is this supposed to make us all sleep better at night with anonymous confirmation of what we already know - 45 is certifiably incapable of serving as President of the United States?! Senator McCain is gone, Cavanagh is being railroaded onto the Supreme Court, and one of the presumably few rational people who’ve managed to stay on in this Administration writes an Op-Ed giving themselves a big pat on the back for maintaining a “steady state.” Pfft.

  248. Brave soul, good luck. It's not over 'til it's over!

  249. If you are what or whom you say you are, thank you for your work. However, you are handling the equivalent of an Ebola patient, and active quarantine is indicated. One slip up and we all will pay dearly. Have you spoken to th FBI or Mr. Mueller yet?

  250. This is not the time to be anonymous. "Just Do IT"

  251. A Deep Throat in the White House? I wish more would have the courage to come forward.

  252. @Sandra Lang this is courageous?

  253. As much as I appreciate the writer’s intent in creating this op-ed, the fact that it’s anonymous will make it all that much easier for the president to discredit it as “fake news” and as evidence of the deep state working to undermine him. I’m not sure I really see any positives in the NYT publishing this.

  254. This Opinion Piece is so frustrating. A constitutional crisis is happening whether Trump's senior staff protect us from his worst ideas or not. They're not really protectors or saviors or defending American ideas, they're protecting themselves and are just prolonging a dark chapter in American history. Their refusal to invoke the 25th amendment is infuriating. And they know their days are numbered, they just don't have the guts to pull the trigger themselves.