'Resistance' to the US President is not a crisis

On the surface, it sounds a bit like a coup d'etat. An anonymous senior official in the Trump administration has written an op-ed article for The New York Times saying the official is part of the "resistance" to the President from within.

But don't get taken in by the hype. What the writer describes is a lot like what happens in many, probably most, administrations: officials who share some but not all the President's goals use bureaucratic tools to avoid or delay implementing presidential initiatives they don't like.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2018, with the headline ''Resistance' to the US President is not a crisis'. Print Edition | Subscribe