A bad couple of days for the White House. A nightmare for the United States.

  • One day after the news of Bob Woodward's new book “Fear,” about the chaotic trump White House, an "anonymous senior official" has a shocking opinion piece in the New York Times, entitled "I am Part of the Resistance Inside The Trump Administration.”

    Woodward's book posits that top administration aides are part of what is effectively a coup d'etat aimed at limiting the damage an increasingly incompetent and erratic president can inflict upon the country, including hiding documents to prevent him from signing them.

    The author of the NYT column further elaborates on ways the people around the president redirect the president's worst inclinations, pettiness, and attraction to autocrats and dictators, in a kind of two-track presidency. Stark conclusion:”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.”

    The writer further describes discussions among presidential aides about the possible need to invoke the 25th Amendment, the Constitutional provision for removing from office, a president who is physically or mentally unable to carry out the powers and duties of the presidency.

    The BBC explores the column and the swirling controversies, and includes a link to the NYT.