An anonymous cry for help from the White House
This week the country has been surprised by the publication of an anonymous column in the New York Times in which a senior White House official seems not only…
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Betrayals, pressure, stratagems, and conspiracies are the day to day of any administration in the White House. But for those who work for the government of Donald Trump, the scenario seems to be closer and closer to a "Game of Thrones" episode.
On Wednesday, the New York Times took an unprecedented risk by publishing an anonymous piece that describes a "resistance" within the Trump administration, signed by a "senior official" of the White House.
The author states flatly 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."
Between "absolute amorality," "impulsiveness" and "erratic behavior," the high-ranking official describes a president who is easily recognizable to us, but what is surprising is the clarity with which he admits the internal work of many who make letters disappear from the presidential desk, patch up his words and divert his desires, all for "the good of the country."
This "half confession" has been perceived as both heroic and as treacherous, and there are even those who criticize the lack of courage on the part of the official by not showing the face behind his words.
"This Op-Ed reads like the writings of someone who eventually wants to come out, reveal themselves and be canonized," said Alyssa Mastromonaco, deputy chief of staff at the White House during the Obama administration. "Sneaking papers off a president's desk or having rogue conversations about the 25th Amendment does not mean you're putting yourself between this president and an existential threat to our democracy. Speaking out would do that."
The presidential wrath was immediate and began a witch-hunt inside the White House to find the "traitor" whom Trump has even called "a threat to national security."
The media paraphernalia resulted in an apologetic parade by the heavyweights in the president's administration, and there is already a list of "12 suspects".
But is this really treason?
For months, those who left the Trump administration boat have been open to talking about the disaster behind the scenes, and publications such as "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff and the soon-to-be-released "Fear" by Bob Woodward paint the president as a "six-year-old child" who must be contained so that he doesn’t cause disasters.
Nothing that appears in the anonymous column of opinion is surprising for those who have closely followed the development of this government, but the emergence of an anonymous voice, which fears reprisals and which ensures that there is a significant risk that the government of Donald Trump endangers the entire country, seems more like a call for help from a hostage in a serious political situation.