How Trump's White House is under siege from within

The unsigned piece appeared to reinforce the claims made in the new book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward, which describes a virtual cabal of high-minded White House and cabinet officials scheming to prevent Trump from taking decisions damaging to the U.S. economy and national security.

Kerry, a former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate, weighed in on "The Late Show" after The Times published a piece attributed to a senior administration official who warned of an internal plan to thwart President Donald Trumps agenda.

The piece, written by an anonymous senior administration official claiming to be part of a "resistance" working "from within" to thwart Mr Trump's "worst inclinations", has set off a guessing game over the author's identity.

"The Times's Opinion desk has taken the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay".

The one-two punch has sent the White House into "total meltdown", according to Politico, as officials launch a full-scale hunt for the culprit behind the New York Times op-ed.

It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room.

"We fully recognise what is happening".

President Donald Trump tweeted he was "tough on hell as people" in order to get things accomplished on Wednesday, in an apparent response to a scathing new book about his administration.

"We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers", it wrote. "The day it comes out that Trump secretly works out and reads Shakespeare and teaches kids how to code, that's when we can call it a bombshell". "He says he feels deeply betrayed by this op-ed because it will hurt all of their efforts to help the President do right".

The opinion piece pointed out that the Trump administration has pushed ahead with sanctions against North Korea and Russian, even while the president himself had expressed great admiration for Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin.

Mattis dismissed the book as "a uniquely Washington brand of literature", and Trump has called it "total fiction".

The anonymous official said "the erratic behaviour would be more concerning if it weren't for unsung heroes in and around the White House".

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'.

Soon after the statements were released, Trump put out a single-word tweet appearing to describe his thoughts on his renegade official's anonymous op-ed.

"If the failing New York Times has a failing editorial - can you believe?"

He worked along with Carl Bernstein to unravel the Watergate scandal - a conspiracy coordinated from the White House to break into the Democrats' headquarters to steal info on opponents. Bob Woodward has a new book out next week detailing the madness inside the White House, and parts of it emerged in The Washington Post today.

In the op-ed, the official characterizes Trump as "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" and so prone to making impulsive and irrational decisions that members of his cabinet explored the possibility of invoking the 25th amendment to remove him from office, though they ultimately decided against it.

  • Kyle Peterson