"We did so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure", the Op-Ed's disclaimer reads.
A new book by a reporter who helped bring down former United States president Richard Nixon is roiling the White House, with current and former aides of President Donald Trump quoted as calling him an "idiot" and admitting they snatched sensitive documents off his desk to keep him from taking rash actions.
"Mr. President, I'm afraid I just can't help you".
Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, said that "the president saying it is treason is a manifestation of his instability".
However, the plot to topple Trump was dropped, with senior officials instead deciding to "do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until - one way or another - it's over", the author writes.
The administration found in Woodward's book is one racked with anxiety over the president's erratic behaviors, where everyone is a potential target of Trump's belittlement. The writer indicated that he or she is a political appointee, not a career civil servant - a class of federal employees that some Trump allies have long derided as a "deep state" set on undermining him.
The op-ed came a day after reports said journalist Bob Woodward's book Fear: Trump in the White House, which is highly critical of the Trump administration, is scheduled to be released on September 11. "But it is a sad statement".
The session happened in January, according to Woodward, and during it Trump contradicted himself repeatedly and eventually got angry.
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The Post reported that "The sleeper cells have awoken" was a phrase being texted around White House aides.
"It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room", the author continued.
Publication of Woodward's book has been anticipated for weeks, and current and former White House officials estimate that almost all their colleagues cooperated with the famed Watergate journalist.
"It's just another bad book", Trump told the Daily Caller.
The staffer says that Trump is unpredictable, amoral, and a danger to the health of the USA.
Pompeo's spokeswoman started to turn to another question, but the secretary interjected: "I'll answer your other question directly because I know someone will say, 'Gosh, he didn't answer the question.' It's not mine".
But that isn't a dealbreaker once one realizes that the White House is full of "unsung heroes" (like our fearless author) who "have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing".
The official says there some "early whispers within the cabinet" of the 25th Amendment - which provides a mechanism for replacing a president who is incapacitated - but "no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis".