President Donald Trump’s own staff staged a quiet “coup” to prevent “a nervous breakdown of the executive power of the most powerful country in the world,” according to a new book by Pulitzer-winning Watergate reporter Bob Woodward.
In the upcoming book, Fear: Trump in the White House, several former staffers admit to having stolen documents off Trump’s desk before he could see them and make tragic errors.
In one case, an aide swiped a letter that would have withdrawn the U.S. from a trade agreement with South Korea that affects our ability to monitor North Korean nukes.
“I stole it off his desk,” former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn said, according to the report. “I wouldn’t let him see it. He’s never going to see that document. Got to protect the country.”
Former staff secretary Rob Porter said he also stole documents off the Resolute desk.
“A third of my job was trying to react to some of the really dangerous ideas that he had and try to give him reasons to believe that maybe they weren’t such good ideas,” Porter reportedly said.
Woodward doesn’t mince words on the actions, calling them, “no less than an administrative coup d’état.”