Anonymous Trump official who wrote stunning New York Times op-ed will publish a ‘tell-all book’ about White House chaos

Anonymous Trump official who wrote stunning New York Times op-ed will publish a ‘tell-all book’ about White House chaos
President Donald J. Trump talks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his trip to Minnesota. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

On September 5, 2018, the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed by a senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration who was seriously worried about the direction the U.S. was taking under Trump’s presidency. The identity of that person remains a secret, but the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker is reporting that the person has written a “tell-all book” that is set to be published in November.

The book, according to Rucker, is titled “A Warning” and expands on the themes of the Times article — which was published with the headline, “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” The book is listed on Amazon with a November 19 release date and is being published by Twelve, part of Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group.

The anonymous author, Rucker reports, is being represented by Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn of Javelin, the literary agents who have also represented former FBI Director James Comey and are now representing former National Security Adviser John Bolton on his new book deal. Both Twelve and Javelin, according to Rucker, have verified that the author is the same person who wrote the September 5, 2018 op-ed but would not share the person’s identity with the Washington Post.

The fact that the author of the Times op-ed has written an entire book will surely not be welcomed by Trump, who was furious over the Times article and demanded to know who the person was. In the op-ed, the author expressed great frustration with Trump and stressed that others in his administration were frustrated as well. The author was written from the perspective not of an anti-Trump liberal or progressive, but from the standpoint of a conservative Republican who wanted Trump to succeed but was having a hard time dealing with the president’s “worst inclinations.”

“We believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic,” the person wrote in 2018. “That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”

The teaser summary of the forthcoming book on Amazon describes it as "An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation’s capital."


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