ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN —
The nation’s capital reacts with renewed anxiety to the anonymous op-ed by a senior Trump administration official and published in the New York Times. The writer claims to be a part of the “resistance” working to mitigate and undermine the president’s agenda.
House Speaker Paul Ryan slams the unknown author of the piece is “a person who obviously is living in dishonesty.” He adds, “If you’re not interested in helping the president, you shouldn’t work for the president as far as I’m concerned.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wryly notes, “I don’t mean to bust the bubble here, but most people in South Carolina are not going to take the op-ed in The New York Times very seriously.”
Another Republican senator, Bob Corker of Tennessee, confirms, “This is what all of us have understood to be the situation from day one.”
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) says that “America is in unprecedented territory if a White House staffer feels they have to write an anonymous op-ed to warn the American people about what’s going on in the Trump White House.” He adds that “someone … is very afraid that our nation is being damaged on a daily basis.”
Doug Christian, Washington