On September 5, the New York Times published an op-ed article by an anonymous member of President Donald Trump’s government. Titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration“, it describes how “many of the senior officials in [Trump’s] own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations”. The author states bluntly: “I would know. I am one of them”.
Erratic and amoral
They add that meetings with Trump frequently “veer off topic and off the rails” and degenerate into “repetitive rants” that result in “half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions”. In addition to expressing the frustration that his erratic and impulsive pattern of behaviour causes to those around him, the author also characterizes his boss as ‘amoral’ – lacking in any clear, defining first principles on which to ground policy. His leadership style, meanwhile, is described as “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective”.