Treason says Trump as aide declares resistance

Sleeper agent: The aide denied having any connections to Trump’s liberal opponents.

Patriotism or treason? A mystery White House official has written a shock article claiming they are part of a “resistance” working to frustrate the president’s “reckless decisions”.

“TREASON?” thundered President Donald Trump in a characteristic outburst. This time, the cause was unprecedented.

Yesterday, The New York Times published an opinion piece in which an unnamed “senior administrative official” claimed White House staff are working to circumvent Trump’s agenda in a desperate effort to protect national security.

The writer described Trump as an “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective” leader whose decisions are kept in check by aides acting as the “adults in the room.” They also revealed that there were “whispers” of invoking the 25th Amendment to force Trump from office.

In response, the president demanded the newspaper hand over its “gutless” source.

Just days ago, details emerged from Fear, a new book from renowned journalist Bob Woodward which used anonymous inside sources to gain an insight into the Trump administration.

In one instance, aide Gary Cohn allegedly stole a letter from Trump’s desk that would have removed the US from a crucial trade deal with South Korea to stop him signing it.

According to Woodward, the situation in the White House amounts to an administrative coup d’etat.

But political writer Joe Klein hailed the piece as an “act of American patriotism.”

So, patriotism or treason?

Fire and fury

Patriotism, say some. The aide can do more to prevent potential catastrophes caused by Trump’s reckless decisions inside the White House than out of it. Sometimes, being loyal to your country might mean disobeying a leader if it’s in the best interests of the nation.

Treason, respond others. If an official truly believes a president is unfit for office, it is their duty to resign, publicly state their concerns, and follow the legal mechanisms — such as impeachment or the 25th Amendment — to remove the individual from office.

You Decide

  1. Is the writer of The New York Times piece a traitor or a patriot?

Activities

  1. Research five members of Trump’s team. Write a short description of the responsibilities and background of each.

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Q & A

What do we know?
The New York Times has published an opinion piece by an anonymous figure in the White House. The piece claims that aides are attempting to prevent Trump from acting out poorly judged decisions that could endanger US national security. Reaction to the piece has been mixed.
What do we not know?
Who wrote the piece. There has been some speculation that Vice President Mike Pence could be responsible.

Word Watch

Circumvent
To find a way around something.
Impetuous
Acting quickly without thinking the action through properly.
25th Amendment
This allows a member of the president’s Cabinet to notify Congress if they do not believe the president is fit to carry out their duties.
Bob Woodward
He won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting which exposed the Watergate scandal.
Coup d’etat
When a state or leader is overthrown suddenly through unconstitutional means.
Joe Klein
Known for his satirical political novel Primary Colors.

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