UPDATE: According to USAToday, President Trump responded to the NYT anonymous opinion piece. Saying that this is “really a disgrace,” the president said: “He’s part of the resistance...This is what we have to deal with." Speaking at the White House while a group of law enforcement officers looked on and applauded, the president said, "The New York Times is failing...The New York Times and CNN and all these phony media outlets will be out of business."
On Wednesday, the New York Times took the “rare step” of publishing an anonymous op-ed purportedly written by an author who claims to be just one of a number of officials working in the Trump administration dedicated to thwarting President Donald Trump’s “worst inclinations.”
The op-ed reads:
"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."
Titled, “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” the piece asserts that there are officials who “want the administration to succeed,” who neverthless have sought to “thwart” Trump’s “misguided impulses” and elements of his agenda. "To be clear, ours is not the popular 'resistance' of the left," the insider wrote. "We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous."
So basically: Times reporters now must try to unearth the identity of an author that our colleagues in Opinion have sworn to protect with anonymity? https://t.co/wj2nKmDHz9— jodikantor (@jodikantor) September 5, 2018
It goes on to say, “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.” The anonymous writer continued, "This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state."
In Opinion— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 5, 2018
In an anonymous Op-Ed, a senior Trump administration official says he and others are working to frustrate the president’s “misguided impulses.” https://t.co/qW1IoM3AYY pic.twitter.com/rCHnQfcRjG
According to a note attached to the article, the New York Times described the writer as "a senior official in the Trump administration" who requested anonymity. Furthermore, the paper claimed that the person is known to the New York Times and that his or her "job would be jeopardized" by the disclosure of identity.
"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," wrote the anonymous official. "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."
Praising the late Sen. John McCain and calling Americans to heed his call to end the "tribalism trap," the article said, "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." The writer denounced what he said is Trump's "amorality" and lack of adherence of "first principles" enshrined by conservatives, such as "free markets, free minds and free people."
BREAKING: Trump responds after anonymous NYT Op-Ed.— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 5, 2018
"The New York Times is failing... The New York Times and CNN and all these phony media outlets will be out of business." pic.twitter.com/cXSXDzXl7e