Yesterday, an anonymous top official in the Trump White House penned a bombshell Op-Ed published for The New York Times. In it, they claimed that the administration is in complete disarray, run by a president so incompetent that his aides are actively working to undermine elements of his disastrous agenda by keeping information from him or simply ignoring his directions outright.
“The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is 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,” the anonymous official wrote.
At one point in the editorial, the writer stated that members of the administration have considered invoking the 25th Amendment, which would allow the cabinet to remove Trump on the grounds that he is unfit or unable to discharge his duties as president.
The stunning admission indicates that the president’s mental facilities are even worse than the most cynical critics imagined. What’s worse, the officials are too cowardly to actually follow through with using the Amendment.
“Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over,” the Op-Ed states.
Now, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is calling for Trump officials to grow a collective spine and remove Trump from office for the good of the country.
“If senior administration officials think the President of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment. The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the Vice President and senior officials think the President can’t do his job,” Warren told CNN.
Warren went on to criticize the officials for taking the easy way out by undermining Trump instead of using constitutional mechanisms to remove him. She references a story from Bob Woodward’s upcoming book that claims Trump’s former Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn stole a document related to South Korean trade off his desk so he couldn’t sign it.
“It does not provide that senior officials go around the President — take documents off his desk, write anonymous op-eds … Everyone of these officials have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It’s time for them to do their job.”
But Warren wasn’t done there. She accused the writer of the Op-Ed of trying to have it both ways by pretending to be responsible by spilling insider information to The New York Times but refusing to publically denounce the president.
“What kind of a crisis do we have if senior officials believe that the President can’t do his job and then refuse to follow the rules that have been laid down in the Constitution? They can’t have it both ways. Either they think that the President is not capable of doing his job in which case they follow the rules in the Constitution, or they feel that the President is capable of doing his job, in which case they follow what the President tells them to do,” Warren said.
The senator is, of course, right. It’s unacceptable for White House officials to watch the president unravel and not take appropriate action. They have no constitutional right to carry out their own shadow government, pushing policies they want and working around Trump to exploit his executive powers. If things are truly as bad as it seems, they must come forward and tell the American people so that Trump can be booted from the Oval Office.
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