Stephen Colbert channels 'Reading Rainbow' for Bob Woodward's new book on Trump

07 September, 2018, 01:56 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
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The publication of the op-ed came a day after the release of excerpts from a new book by legendary journalist Bob Woodward that paints the picture of a dysfunctional and chaotic White House.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders branded the piece "pathetic, reckless, and selfish" and condemned the Times for publishing it.

A spokesman for Vice President Mike Pence strongly denied Thursday that he was the author of a New York Times op-ed who claimed to be part of a "resistance" effort within the administration, as frenzied speculation continued about who penned the piece.

In the op-ed titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", the official said he and like-minded colleagues have vowed to thwart parts of the president's agenda and his worst inclinations. Trump, the essay contends, has no discernible principles that guide him in his decision-making process. "Deep state" anyone? An anonymous op-ed by a senior administration official will only further his belief that everyone really is out to get him!

"We fully recognise what is happening". The administration found in Woodward's book is one racked with anxiety over the president's erratic behaviors, where everyone is a potential target of Trump's belittlement. The author calls Trump "anti-trade and anti-democratic".

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In the anonymous essay, the U.S. president is being painted as the enemy of the people who has little concerns for American values or Republican agenda.

Trump spoke with Woodward over the phone on August 14 and expressed regret over not getting to speak to him for the book.

The official's piece described a "two-track" presidency in which Trump says one thing and his staff consciously does another, for example with regard to what he called the president's "preference for autocrats and dictators".

The New York Times said publishing the essay anonymously is "the only way to deliver an important perspective" to its readers.

Mr Trump unloaded against the Woodward book, labelling the tell-all memoir "a work of fiction" as West Wing staff scrambled to rebut its vivid depictions of White House dysfunction.

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Yes, this is likely more the result of the "senior administration official" keeping his/her job and avoiding the crush that would land on him/her if the op-ed had a byline.

It was not immediately clear what, if any, steps were being taken by the White House to attempt to unmask the writer.

Trump also said The New York Times, news channel CNN and "all of these phony media outlets" will be out of business soon. The Left will expunge the supposed stench of Trump-association from the author, and he or she will be held up as the model of the Republican all other Republicans should follow.

The Defence secretary is said to have told the President that he would "get right on it" after being told to "f****** kill the lot of them" - but then dismissed his order. The piece closes: There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first.

So rather than risk the invocation of the Constitution's 25th Amendment, the prescribed route for removing a president, the writer boasts that 'we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until - one way or another - it's over'.

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