Trump fumes over NYT op-ed; top officials swiftly deny role

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  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:44 a.m.

    Since they have not found the writer, it is becoming apparent that the the op-ed statements are supported by most Trump appointees.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 2:25 p.m.

    @ worf

    "Did you know that Trump has paid for hundreds of surgeries for people who couldn't afford it?"

    Trump has made it known to the many, many people with pre-existing conditions who desperately need surgeries and advanced medical care that bankruptcy is their only solution.

    "I have used the laws of this country, the bankruptcy chapter laws, to do a great job for my company, for myself, for my employees, for my family."

    -- Donald Trump, first Republican national debate, August 6, 2015

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Sept. 7, 2018 11:19 a.m.

    @Utah Girl Chronicles,

    How do you really know what Trump did?

    Some folks just pick and choose what to believe than form distorted opinions.

    Did you know that Trump has paid for hundreds of surgeries for people who couldn't afford it?

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 10:27 a.m.

    This will probably never get published because it's a graphic, abhorrent thought but the fact is Kim Jong Un has executed opponents by firing anti-aircraft missiles at them.

    With Trump's escalating rage and paranoia, he must wish he had the power to do that. Dictators quench dissent through any means possible. Lack of loyalty is considered treason.

    There are people on these forums Trump would probably spare.

  • RC in WJ WEST JORDAN, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 6:34 a.m.

    Whats the big deal about an anonymous op-ed?

    The Republican Congress has been anonymous for the last two years!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:28 p.m.

    This reminds me of when I was teaching 4th grade and someone spilled a can of paint on a brand new carpet.

    Not ME!
    Not ME!
    Not ME!
    Not ME!
    Not ME!
    Not ME!
    Not ME!
    Not ME!
    Not ME!
    Not ME!
    Not ME!
    Not ME!
    Not ME!

    But this is the White House . . . .

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:19 p.m.

    While I believe this person should leave the administration and go public, I also have fear that they know the situation is so bad they feel that they can't leave.

  • Bob67 Glenn Dale, MD
    Sept. 6, 2018 6:30 p.m.

    “But take heart: American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up.” - James Comey

    They need to stand up in the light, not anonymously in the shadows. This person needs to take heart!

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Sept. 6, 2018 4:28 p.m.

    Reading the comments from trump sympathizers and critics of the NY Times, I can not help but wonder if we do not exist in separate and unequal universes.

    On the one hand a group of people who believe anything/everything, no matter how inane or implausible, from the president. Countered by a mass of people and mainstream American organizations who print verified information or informed opinion.

    It is clear in my mind that the vast majority of the American public sees the president for what he truly is: totally ill prepared by temperment for the toughest job in the country.

    And it is clear in my mind that the shrinking minority in this country who still support the president do so with little more reason other than he speaks in dog whistles to prejudice and spreads their paranoia around like the fertilizer that it is.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 3:10 p.m.

    @Mad Hatter -
    "You forgot to mention Vladimir Putin and the Russian interference in our election. Without them, Donald Trump probably would not have won the election. "

    Yea - right
    Because Russia has not tried to influence every election since there was a Soviet Union - So it was a total shock to everyone that they tried once again.
    Because Trump, not Obama, was in charge of protecting American elections in 2016.
    Because Trump, not Obama, was busy weaponizing the FBI and DOJ, colluding with the Clinton campaign, to set up a vapid Russia/Steele dossier in order to smear political opponents
    Because Obama, not Mitt Romney, was mocked for daring to claim in the previous election cycle that Russia was a threat
    Because there is overwhelming evidence that vote counts were tampered with
    Because a few Facebook pages were more persuasive than Hillary's millions of dollars
    Because Putin forced Hillary to avoid Wisconsin and Michigan
    Because Putin forced Hillary to use an unsecured server

    Or maybe - the left is obsessed with Russia because it is easier to blame a bogyman than come to grips that they lost because their overall politics are even more condescending and intolerant than Trump

  • Mad Hatter Santa Fe, NM
    Sept. 6, 2018 1:55 p.m.

    Counter Intelligence - Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 12:42 p.m.

    " . . . such pervasive arrogance in the media, entertainment and "tolerant" society, is precisely why Trump won . . . "

    You forgot to mention Vladimir Putin and the Russian interference in our election. Without them, Donald Trump probably would not have won the election. By distracting from Trump's many problems (multiplied a thousand-fold today), by keeping Hillary's emails a central part of the campaign and releasing DNC emails through WikiLeaks, the Russians probably put Trump over the top.

    That's precisely why his popularity has never gotten above 42%. Currently he stands at 36% and falling. Trump supporters (the true, loyal Trumpie) is probably south of 25% The others, happy with the tax cuts and Supreme Court appointees, are much more guarded in their support. Had Jeb Bush been the candidate (which may preferred), they would have been happy.

    Maybe Trump doesn't criticized Putin because he needs him to reach into our elections a few more times to keep his administration from becoming a complete bust. That the current controversy is roiling the United States must be music to the Russian ear.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 12:50 p.m.

    @Utah Girl Chronicles

    "Trump paid 130K to a woman he had an affair with shortly after his wife gave birth and then lied about it. -----But let's talk about Bob Woodward's credibility."

    Trump is an amoral playboy who engaged in adultery- yet he is still more sexually responsible than Kennedys and Clintons. Stormy Daniels also engaged in adultery, extortion and then another round of extortion in an attempt to gain power though sex; but she is a feminist resistance icon.

    So yea; lets talk about the credibility of unhinged Trump haters who are so bad that they make Trump look good in comparison - which is very very very hard to do..

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 12:42 p.m.

    @Mad Hatter -

    "Most critics may have Fox News as their only source of information. It requires critical thinking skills to read a newspaper and evaluate it along with other information people may have."

    In other words: 'I am an tolerant and enlightened and anyone with a different opinion is a silly dupe and deplorable dolt'

    Such condescension actually says more about Trump critics than his supporters- ironically, such pervasive arrogance in the media, entertainment and "tolerant" society, is precisely why Trump won and exactly why his most virulent haters (NYT) actually empower Trump (pressuring many who don't particularly like him, to defend I'm, because the critics are so much worse)

  • Mad Hatter Santa Fe, NM
    Sept. 6, 2018 12:26 p.m.

    Herbert Gravy - Salinas, CA
    Sept. 6, 2018 11:51 a.m.

    "@utah girl

    "Yes, let's talk about Bob Woodward's "credibility".

    "Just another self-serving journalist. I, and, probably many others do not trust him. I have seen him interviewed several times. Saw and heard all I needed to know."

    It's all "fake news", right? This is the consensus within the partisan world, right? So, when it comes to "trust", do you only trust Fox News? Let's get it in the open for all to see where you're coming from in your criticism.

    As for the response, "I, and, probably many others do not trust him", I get it. That's OK. But many others do trust Bob Woodward. We understand we will never agree on this.

    So we'll wait and see what the voters say in November. I suspect we'll see more and more revealed about Donald Trump and his administration in the coming months. So, call it "fake news" if you like, but a leopard always shows its spots. The White House is leaking like a sieve.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 12:22 p.m.

    @ Herbert Gravy

    "Yes, let's talk about Bob Woodward's "credibility".

    If Bob Woodward was not a credible journalist, the article we are commenting on would even exist.

    If Bob Woodward were not a credible journalist, Trump would not be so rocked back on his heels in a frenetic tizzy.

  • Joe Leaphorn Scottsdale, AZ
    Sept. 6, 2018 12:13 p.m.

    When are we going to learn what was agreed to at the Helsinki Conference back in July? Are we not to know what is happening with our government beyond "official pronouncements" and be satisfied that the administration is doing what it needs to do on behalf of all Americans, or do we just sit there and take whatever is thrown at us?

    We already know a lot about the disarray and dysfunction in the White House. We don't know what Donald Trump agreed to with Vladimir Putin this summer. Trump likes to brag that he's this great negotiator, but so far we have no reports on results Sure, Trump comes out and talks about how great he is and what a wonderful job he is doing, but he neglects to keep us informed because it might expose that he's done nothing.

    Trump likes to operate in complete secrecy and tell us whatever he wants to tell us. There is no check on what he tells us. We never know if it's true or a made-up, mish-mash of gratuitous, self-glorifying nonsense. His actions and behavior tells us that we are being subjected to a reality show: Stay Tuned.

    We didn't learn about the secret meeting with Russians at Trump Tower and later in the White House until the Russians told us.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 6, 2018 11:51 a.m.

    @utah girl

    Yes, let's talk about Bob Woodward's "credibility".

    Just another self-serving journalist. I, and, probably many others do not trust him. I have seen him interviewed several times. Saw and heard all I needed to know.

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    Sept. 6, 2018 11:50 a.m.

    Imagine you were venting to a co-worker that your boss was an idiot or worse, and somehow it got back to your boss.
    Despite what you've been taught since childhood by your parents and church about the evils of lying, would you really admit it if confronted by your boss, or anyone else?
    Or would you not only deny it, but vehemently deny it, and claim your accuser was either mistaken or lying, and probably doing it to foster their own agenda?
    Of course Woodward's quotes are accurate. Everybody knows it. Including Donald Trump.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 6, 2018 11:47 a.m.

    The obstructionists are still grasping at straws. No other President in our history has done so much in so little time.

    He will continue to succeed in spite of the opposition. And, he will have even more "flexibility" when the American people reelect him.

    🤗

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Sept. 6, 2018 11:43 a.m.

    "You cannot call for transparency with the other side is in power and favor secrecy when your guy's run the show."

    Wow! Truer more hypocritical words have never been uttered.

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 11:41 a.m.

    Does anyone remember Deep Throat?

  • Mad Hatter Santa Fe, NM
    Sept. 6, 2018 11:31 a.m.

    Fitness Freak - Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 10:17 a.m.

    "They are "married" to the liberal agenda at this point so they must keep the Trump haters happy."

    It is very doubtful that critics of the NY Times actually read the NY Times. Or, for that matter, the Washington Post, LA Times, or any of the other national newspapers and media. Most critics may have Fox News as their only source of information. It requires critical thinking skills to read a newspaper and evaluate it along with other information people may have.

    Saying that the NY Times adheres to a "liberal agenda" in its news division and the use of terms like "Trump haters" is indicative of one's tribal affiliation. There are those who believe what they read in The National Inquirer and Breitbart News, what they are told on Fox, but anything that doesn't agree with their pre-conceived perceptions of the world gets discarded as so much "fake news". It tells you something.

    But, again, this is how things are these days. We have a divided America and the wingnut fringe apparently likes it this way. There are the "real Americans", Donald Trump's base of about 25-32%, and everyone else. What happened to "E Pluribus Unum'?

  • Mackenzie Iwamoto Bronx, NY
    Sept. 6, 2018 11:20 a.m.

    RiDal - Sandy, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:15 a.m.

    "The use of "unnamed officials" as the source of defamatory quotes is unethical journalism . . . "

    Listen to Donald Trump and note how many times he refers to "anonymous sources" to support his position. It cuts both ways except anonymous sources as used by journalists are usually checked out, where with Trump we never know.

    You now have four parts to this continuing peeling of the onion. Starting with the Michael Wolff book, 'Fire & Fury', then the book by Omarosa Manigault Newman, 'Unhinged', soon the book by Bob Woodward, 'Fury', and this NY Times Op-Ed piece, we find a lot of supporting evidence of disarray, dysfunction, and psychosis in the White House.

    Soon we will have the Mueller investigation report that should verify many things that have already been reported and many that have not. Those who chose to ignore any and all of these finding will do so for whatever reason, but the reality of the situation remains.

    Anonymous sources have been a key component in Americans knowing what the government is doing. You cannot call for transparency with the other side is in power and favor secrecy when your guy's run the show.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Sept. 6, 2018 11:12 a.m.

    @ NoNames

    This op-ed doesn't reveal anything new. It merely confirms what we've been hearing all along, including before Trump's entry into politics. So to me your take flies in the face of a lifetime of evidence. The Emperor has no clothes. He never did. But what I want to know is why Anonymous and his cronies think it's Constitutional to do what they're allegedly doing. If Trump is this dangerous to the nation - and I believe he is - then do what the process requires to get him out of there. But to appoint oneself as protector of the nation? That isn't how we do things. I get a say in that and so do you.

    IMO, either this is just another conservative disregarding Constitutional process for power's sake or it's a conservative who understands that a Republican-controlled Cabinet and Congress won't do their duty so s/he has no choice but to disregard/circumvent orders in order to protect the nation. If it's the latter, it also casts the op-ed as a signal to conservatives whose sight isn't impaired to help give Congress back to the Dems in Nov. because that's our last hope of saving the nation from a nation-endangering pick.

  • Jim Chee Lahaina, HI
    Sept. 6, 2018 11:08 a.m.

    one old man - Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:19 a.m.

    "Anonymous sources of information can at least be verified by the factuality of the supplied information."

    The demonetization of anonymous sources by the Trump administration neglects to include the anonymous sources that Donald Trump often uses to "validate" his many misrepresentations of fact. How many times have we heard Trump say, "people tell me", "I was told", "I hear" and his favorite friend "Jim" who tells us about how bad Paris has become? For Trump, anonymous sources, if he is using them, are justified to support his current narrative.

    From both a news and law enforcement perspective, anonymous sources are real and are backed up by accumulated facts and information to support the source. Although Trump considers other's anonymous sources to be "spies" and "disloyal", there are reasons to be anonymous if truthful. The risk of retaliation is very great, particularly with those in the White House and the knowledge that revealing themselves will be career ending.

    Of course, the question arises, should these people still work in a dysfunctional White House, "Crazy Town" if they consider their position to be truly patriotic?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 10:50 a.m.

    Given previous insanity from this administration I just got to wondering if the leaker could be donald himself.

    What a great way to distract from other things and try to paint everyone around him as untrustworthy. Just imagine how worked up his fans will be the next time he holds one of his wonderful rallies.

    After watching him at work for a year and a half, it's apparent that NOTHING is too far-fetched.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Sept. 6, 2018 10:40 a.m.

    Trump has attack on our allies, appeases our enemies, assault our free press, made excuses for racists, continues his business corruption, worst cronyism ever, brazen nepotism, abuse of women, obstruction of justice, contempt for our justice system, war on the environment and his cowardly praises of Putin.

    Trump did not create this economy. Obama saved our economy after the GOP destroyed it. Now, Trump is destroying our trade economy and the damage will be lasting.

    As always, Republicans will stand on our destroyed economy and point fingers.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 10:17 a.m.

    Once upon a time, the NYT was THE source for credible news.

    Unfortunately, with the proliferation of free electronic news, they have found themselves having to lay off staff, hope that readers will PAY them for their news, and have become overrun with liberals.

    The paper isn't what it once was.

    I have no idea whether the story is accurate or not, but I have EVERY reason to believe that the NYT would do anything/everything to try to save their paper.

    They are "married" to the liberal agenda at this point so they must keep the Trump haters happy.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 9:49 a.m.

    From the WH...

    1...2...3...

    Not it!

    The chorus of incredulous cronies croons their innocence to the republican president.

    Golf anyone?

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 9:51 a.m.

    Sadly, with the media's history of continuously attacking Trump since he won the nomination--and they must have gotten whiplash from changing direction so fast after pushing him to win the nomination over far less inflammatory GOP candidates--Trump supporters can easily brush off this editorial as a fabrication from whole cloth.

    To put any credibility behind it, the claimed insider--engaged in "resistance"--needs to believe in something enough to resign his job and step forward with his name, job title, and credibility.

    Of course, some low ranking college intern not used to any real world work conditions might be less credible than an actual senior official. But if the author were actually a senior official, that would be credible. Sadly, it seems the members of the self-proclaimed "resistance"--but there is no deep state, we are told by left--are more committed to drawing a government paycheck than they are to actually lending credibility to their rumor mongering.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 9:32 a.m.

    Oh by the way, Trump isn't even close to the worst president in history. Currently Carter and Obama are tied for that honor.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 9:27 a.m.

    Trump fumes everyday. His next rally will be embarrassing.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 9:09 a.m.

    I saw this one coming over two years ago. My prediction was that if Trump is elected, he won't serve his whole term. Frankly, any good Republican candidate would have been able to do what Trump has done up to this time. Except for maybe Kasich.

    While I reluctantly voted for Trump, and I applaud his handling of deregulation, the economy, tax cuts, etc, I know that his character flaws will undoubtedly cause problems.

    Frankly, I'd like him better if he'd just shut up and listen to people.

    He's not a deep thinker and is impulsive. You can't run a country on impulse.

    While I will never vote for a Democrat for president, I'm going to have a hard time voting for Trump again.

    I also think the Mueller investigation is a load of crap and should be shut down.

    I hope this Op Ed is a wake up call to Trump. It won't be, but I hope that it is. His staff isn't trying to undercut him. They are trying to stop bad, impulsive decision making. Not a bad thing in this case.

  • joewillie12 Corpus Christi, TX
    Sept. 6, 2018 9:05 a.m.

    This is what we get when our elected representatives in Congress put party over country.

    Vote early and vote often friends. Time to right the ship.

    I'm not a fear monger, but the administration is already positioning Syria as its "Wag the Dog" distraction. We're going to be in yet another shooting war if Democrats don't get to the polls in November.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:59 a.m.

    NYT and credibility really go together? LOL!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:39 a.m.

    LOU Montana - Pueblo, CO
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:03 a.m.

    "Stand for something, even if it means risking everything."

    The Anonymous letter writer has forever risked his career and is taking down the worst president in American history.
    ----------
    No doubt. The economy is tanking, unemployment is at an all time high, and the GDP is at the lowest level ever, not to mention the stock market has crashed.

    How's is at risk to write and anonymous letter? It's called cowardly. Stand for nothing; hide behind being anonymous. Stand for Treason!

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:24 a.m.

    Extreme paranoia has set in, he is like a trapped animal with nowhere to go; at the "gnawing off the paw" stage.....

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:20 a.m.

    New York Times and Anonymous pretty much discredit the whole issue for me. I see that a lot of folks on this thread can't turn the channel from CNN. Tune out all the white noise; the economy is roaring, unemployment is at an all time low, wages are at an all time high; we are standing up to these countries that have taken advatage of us for decades, hey but that stuff doesn't matter.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:19 a.m.

    I have been skeptical of Trump from the beginning. As a conservative Republican, I am willing to give him credit for many individual correct policy decisions, and he has made a number of them, including nominating what appear to be two excellent choices for the supreme court. Of course, I also view a number of his policy decisions as ill-advised and I realize that many would disagree as to what is a good or bad policy decision.

    One of the main problems with Trump is that his narcissism and brashness and his lying about really unimportant things (biggest inaugural crowd in history) and his many personal flaws and the constant scandal that plague both his personal life and his administration cast a long shadow over everything he does - even over the things he does correctly.

    I talk frequently with many other Republicans, who, like myself, have not drunk the Trump Cool-Aid and we don't give him a free pass nor really believe anything he says. I feel bad for the many Republicans who swallow everything Trump says hook, line, and sinker and indeed the Republican party as a whole that has deviated widely from the party of Lincoln.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:19 a.m.

    "Anonymous sources of information can at least be verified by the factuality of the supplied information."

    The New York Times has verified the identity of the author. Given the extremely high stakes in something like this, we can be certain that they know full well who wrote this piece.

    I'm sure we will be learning a lot more about this courageous person in days to come.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:13 a.m.

    Xert talks to many people--the BEST people and they are mostly saying this is the work of "Pence". I know it wasn't Melania, because Michelle doesn't write that well.

    PS--Moderators, before you refuse this for "speculation"--please note that it's just Xert trying to be funny.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:03 a.m.

    "Stand for something, even if it means risking everything."

    The Anonymous letter writer has forever risked his career and is taking down the worst president in American history.

    I for one am very thankful for what persons like Colin Kaepernick, John McCain, and many more Americans who have the courage to stand up for what they believe in.

    Don't ever let anyone suppress our freedom of speech, our right to bear arms, our right to be Americans. This is not Russia and we do not need a dictator running our country. The shame is on the Republicans who stood with Trump and the glory of heroism will be on those who stood up to Trump.

    This is a historic moment and a time for real Americans to stand up against a dictator.

    God Bless America!

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:01 a.m.

    I'm with those who see this as a soft coup. If Trump is a danger to the nation, then utilize the Constitutional remedies put in place to address this - impeachment or the 25th Amendment. But to do what Anonymous is suggesting is assuming a power and authority we the people never granted.

    Anonymous and others may in fact be acting in the nation's security interests - I personally suspect that they probably are - but I see a gravely dangerous precedent in allowing underlings the leeway to usurp the power of the people.

    The only other thing I can think of is that Anonymous felt s/he had to do this because the Republican-controlled Congress isn't doing their job in providing a check to Trump and this was an attempt to get them to do something. IMO, they easily could if their calculations weren't so politically craven, as they seem to be. Trump's tweets criticizing the indictments of two loyal Republicans despite strong evidence of corruption are alone grounds for impeachment because they show a disregard for the bedrock of our system, the rule of law.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:58 a.m.

    I am glad to learn that there are patriotic Americans within donnie's administration who are trying to protect the United States and its people, and the world, from Donnie's words and actions. Kudos to them.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:58 a.m.

    Trump tweeted a demand that if "the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

    And what would befall this individual? Imprisonment, torture, what? Trump's desire to express power knows no bounds.

  • countryvoice3 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:41 a.m.

    I was listening to opinion page editors of other major national papers yesterday, and take was that of course anonymous "sources" are the life blood of investigative reporting, but anonymous op eds are really rare and when requested dealt with very cautiously.

    The take away was either the NYT really messed up if this isn't a "senior" official, or that's exactly what we have here, and the source is worth protecting.

    Strong disagreement also as to whether we will learn who the author is.

    My personal opinion is if things are as bad as reported (and I think they are, "all" reports point in the same direction), then we are quickly getting to the point someone needs to take the hit and go public.

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:40 a.m.

    If we have members of the Cabinet that believe President Trump needs "adult handlers" to keep him in check, then they need to invoke the 25th Amendment and clean up this problem in the open. We don't need secret resistance organizations, we need transparency in government.

    Every day it becomes clearer and clearer that Trump is simply too volatile for the job. Now is the time for patriots who put country above party, to remove him from office and let President Pence have the job. Republicans are not going to rebuild their brand by backing a person who is clearly a danger to the Republic.

  • Mary Mc Lacey, WA
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:37 a.m.

    This is a democracy whether trump understands this or not. We the people have a right and a duty to speak out against anything that poses a threat to that democracy and our freedom as a people.

  • Zzzptm Dallas, TX
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:37 a.m.

    Is Trump upset because he didn't get a chance to put in a bid on buying the story before it came out? Or is it because the op-ed puts Putin in a bad light?

    Maybe he's upset because he's dealing with pain issues. The truth hurts...

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:29 a.m.

    Trump supporters and many Republicans will be frantic to find the rat and administer punishment accordingly.

    But we all should seriously reflect on the actual content of this extraordinary admission, which is merely the latest, most accurate, authoritative insight into a highly dysfunctional White House.

    This isn't the work of Wolff or Omarosa or Woodward. This is cabinet appointee, who confirms much of the reporting, things the American people ought to know.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:26 a.m.

    Watched Trump's rant last night in which he claimed that his poll numbers are "through the roof." Gallup has him just over 40% today.

    I think he has the roof mixed up with the floor.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:20 a.m.

    Trump paid 130K to a woman he had an affair with shortly after his wife gave birth and then lied about it. Trump also criticized a grieving Gold Star family. But let's talk about Bob Woodward's credibility.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:18 a.m.

    "It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room," the author continued. "We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't."

    No.

    These are NOT "adults in the room" and this is not even close to the right thing to do.

    Because of the actions of these people -- and others who put and kept Trump in office thus far -- America is uniquely vulnerable, a la Cuban Missile Crisis or the 9/11 attacks. Our adversaries can strike against us knowing that America is effectively leaderless. Ours will not be a poised, coordinated and coherent response. It will be fragmented and erratic.

    Not just because we have an unstable POTUS, as that has been part of the world's grim calculus since 2016.

    No, these self-styled adults-in-the-room just told the world that even Trump's response will be doubly-muddled and ineffective. Whatever counter-strike he might order, will likely be contradicted and undermined by one or more shadow leaders. What an opportunity for those who wish to do America ill!

    This is a very dicey moment.

    A fully avoidable, fully Republican moment.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:15 a.m.

    The use of "unnamed officials" as the source of defamatory quotes is unethical journalism, and "fake news". Anyone could claim that an "unnamed official" said anything about anyone. How could anyone ever verify ?

    Anonymous sources of information can at least be verified by the factuality of the supplied information. But the hate-Trump-media is just using "unnamed officials" as an excuse to name-call. Pathetic!

  • Old Cougar Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:12 a.m.

    America is becoming great again---

    Washington has created the biggest "zoo" in the world.

    Sad.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 6:54 a.m.

    Stand for something, even if it means risking everything.

    Thank goodness for at least a few courageous Americans !