by Graham Pierrepoint
Yes – another seven days has come and gone and there is another big story emanating from the Trump White House which has done a number with media outlets. To say that Donald Trump may have been the most newsworthy US President in recent history is perhaps close to being an understatement – whether to his credit or otherwise – and in the foreground this week, as investigations continue to alleged Russian collusion and tampering during Trump’s election to the Presidency, it appears that there is a rebel cell of sorts actively attempting to fight against the Commander in Chief. To say that Trump is displeased about such news is – of course – putting things mildly.
An editorial published in the New York Times this week, reportedly written by an anonymous writer acting on behalf of a resistance against Trump within the White House walls, has stirred things up in the media and on the President’s Twitter feed – with the author supposedly being a senior official within the Presidential administration. “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,” their opinion piece reads. The piece also claims that rebels are ‘working diligently from within’ in an effort to prevent some of the President’s actions from taking effect.
▶ Trump Rages At Op-Ed
As to who the culprit behind the opinion piece is, things aren’t especially clear. Both Mike Pence and Reince Priebus have denied responsibility – as Trump himself has publicly denounced the actions. “(if) the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”, once such tweet read. The President also claimed that the move was a ‘disgrace’ and a ‘gutless editorial’, claiming ‘TREASON?’ on Twitter after the event.
This turn of events isn’t the first time that Trump has locked horns with the New York Times – and it’s not the first time that a supposed mole has been acting from within the White House walls – as a Twitter account emerged last year to appear to tweet from behind the scenes on several big events. It’s the latest in a number of very high profile issues Trump has faced this past few months alone – and with the Mueller investigation getting ever closer to completion, there’s no clear indication as to quite where things will end.