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Trump tweets compared to ‘elderly uncle running pantsless’: WaPo

Trump tweets compared to ‘elderly uncle running pantsless’: WaPo
  • White House officials wake up “in a full-blown panic” over President Donald Trump’s tweets, according to a new book by the anonymous senior White House official who wrote the scathing New York Times op-ed article last year about a secret “resistance” within the Trump administration.
  • The book, titled “A Warning,” was obtained by The Washington Post ahead of its November 19 release.
  • According to The Post, the book alleges that White House officials reacted to Trump’s late-night Twitter rants with shock and embarrassment.
  • “It’s like showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard and cursing loudly about the cafeteria food, as worried attendants tried to catch him,” the anonymous author reportedly wrote.
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Senior White House officials would wake up “in a full-blown panic” over President Donald Trump’s tweets, a new book by the same anonymous White House official behind last year’s scathing New York Times op-ed article alleges.

The anonymous author, described only as “a senior official in the Trump administration” — it’s unclear whether that means current or former — has written a new book called “A Warning,” which comes out on November 19.

The Washington Post obtained a copy of the book ahead of its release. And the book uses an unusual comparison to describe how White House officials react in the mornings after Trump’s late-night or early-morning Twitter outbursts.

“It’s like showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard and cursing loudly about the cafeteria food, as worried attendants tried to catch him,” the author wrote, according to The Post. “You’re stunned, amused, and embarrassed all at the same time.”

“Only your uncle probably wouldn’t do it every single day, his words aren’t broadcast to the public, and he doesn’t have to lead the US government once he puts his pants on,” the author reportedly continued.

The anonymous author wrote a New York Times op-ed article in September 2018 titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” which described a “quiet resistance” of officials in the White House working to counter Trump’s impulsive tendencies.

“Many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” the author wrote in 2018.

Scores of Trump officials at the time publicly denied writing the piece. Trump described the article as “treason?” and called the author “gutless.”

According to The Post, the anonymous author makes numerous eyebrow-raising claims in the book, including that senior Trump officials considered quitting en masse last year in a “midnight self massacre” and that Trump attempted to put on a Hispanic accent during an Oval Office meeting about migrants at the US border.

The White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, told The Post that the author was a “coward” and decried the book as a “work of fiction.” The Department of Justice also sent a letter to the publishers, CNN reported, warning that the author could be violating “one or more nondisclosure agreements.”

In 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump aides suggested vetting the president’s tweets before they were sent out “so that tweets ‘don’t go from the president’s mind out to the universe.'”

Earlier this week, The Times analyzed Trump’s more than 11,000 tweets since he became president and found that he used Twitter mainly to attack critics or praise himself.

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