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Insider report throws the White House into turmoil

Immediately after the publication of the essay entitled "I am part of the resistance within the Trump administration" in the "New York Times", heated speculation began in Washington about the author's identity. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats felt compelled to deny responsibility for the contribution, as they were named as possible authors.

Trump speaks of treason

President Donald Trump reacted angrily and accused the author on Twitter in bold capital letters of possible "treason". He appealed to the newspaper to "extradite" them.

The Washington Post reported that the uncertainty in the White House after the publication was enormous. There, the text is examined for certain language patterns in order to track down the author. The paper quoted a government official with a view to the possible author: "The problem for the president is that there could be so many people." News circulated among employees in the government headquarters with the sentence: "The sleeper cells have awakened."

"New York Times" justifies breaking the rules

The "New York Times" justified the publication of an anonymous opinion piece. This is a "rare step," the newspaper admitted. However, the author's job is at risk if his name is mentioned. "We believe that publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to provide our readers with an important point of view." The editor is aware of the author's name. Unnamed opinions are considered "dirty" journalism in the US.

New piece of the mosaic on chaos in the White House

It is unclear how high-ranking the author of the article in the "New York Times" actually is. What is clear, however, is that he paints a devastating picture of Trump's work in the White House. The essay describes chaotic government action. High-ranking members are constantly striving in active resistance to curb the President's "misguided impulses" and to thwart his "worst ideas": "I should know that. I am one of them," writes the author.

"Half-baked", "daring" and "immoral" presidential decisions

The text states that Trump's actions are "detrimental to the well-being of our republic". The president fails to understand "that many high-ranking employees in his own government are working incessantly from within to prevent parts of his program and his worst inclinations." Trump's impulsive and absent-minded manner leads to half-baked, ill-informed and sometimes daring decisions. "The root of the problem is the president's immorality." His "predilection for autocrats and dictators" such as the Russian head of state Vladimir Putin and North Korea's ruler Kim Jong Un are cited as examples, while at the same time he disdains the traditional allies of the United States. "Anyone who works with him knows that he does not follow any identifiable basic principles to guide his decision-making," writes the anonymous author, and continues: "We will do what we can to steer the government in the right direction, until - one way or another - it's over. "

Same thrust: first Wolff, then Woodward, now Anonymus

The descriptions agree in essential points with those of Bob Woodward. The "Washington Post" published the first excerpts from his book "Fear" on Tuesday, which will appear next Tuesday. This also raises doubts as to whether the president is able to make controlled decisions. The Pulitzer Prize winner also describes intense internal efforts in the White House to contain the President. Trump speaks of a "made-up story", similar to what happened in January after the publication of the reveal book "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff.

qu / ww (dpa, afp, rtr)