President Donald J. Trump stops to speak with colleagues and members of the media as he walks out of the Oval Office to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday, Sept 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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President Donald Trump’s behaviour can be so inconsistent that many leading administration officials have pre-written resignation letters ready to submit, an anonymous writer claiming to be a senior official at the Trump government says in a book scheduled to be published this month.
To simplify things, the president’s decision skills are getting worse with time, according to excerpts of “A Warning” which were obtained and read Thursday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
The writer, described just as “a senior Trump administration official,” is the exact same individual who wrote an op-ed at The New York Times last year headlined,”I’m part of the resistance within the Trump government .” The column stated “many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
From the publication excerpts, the writer describes near-daily “five-alarm fire drill” that leads senior officers to cancel plans and race to the White House to intercept Trump until he could enact his newest “wacky or destructive idea.”
“Staff throw the Bat-Signal, calling a snap assembly or a teleconference. ‘He is going to do something,’ one warns that the group, describing what the president is going to announce.
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“‘He can not do this. We will all look like idiots, and he will get killed for it in the media,’ another exclaims.
“‘Yeah, well, I’m telling you he’s going to do it unless someone gets to him fast,’ the first warns. ‘Can you cancel your afternoon?'”
Since Trump’s presidency has improved, his officials are given less notice of the president’s decisions, states the writer, who writes: “He’s less inclined to preview his decisions today.”
The author writes that Trump’s own family is not immune to his whims.
“It isn’t beneath him to attack his own family members, too. ‘Jared, you don’t know what you’re talking about, okay? I mean seriously. You don’t know,” the publication quotes him as saying.
“Seeing this type of behavior was both educating and jarring to the burgeoning Steady State. It was a visceral lesson that we weren’t just appointees of the president,” according to the excerpts. “We were glorified government babysitters.”
Trump has called the author “gutless” and has questioned whether the individual really exists.