More excerpts from the book “A Warning” by the Anonymous author of a New York Times op-ed from last year are making the rounds, this time detailing how President Donald Trump sought to supersede Congress when it came to appropriating defense spending.
According to reporting from Axios, the book notes an occasion when officials in the White House were attempting to discuss a defense appropriations bill that they wanted Congress to pass. Trump was flippant about the need to get Congress to authorize something he wanted done.
“Don’t worry about Congress,” Trump is alleged to have said, according to the book’s author. “Just do what you need to do.”
When other officials tried to tell the president that’s not how things work, he dismissed their concerns.
“No, no. It doesn’t matter. You have my permission to do whatever you need to do, okay? Just forget about them,” he said.
Trump’s feelings of ill will toward other branches of government besides his own wasn’t limited to the legislature, but also focused on ways to dismantle the judiciary as well, the book alleges. The president purportedly sought to lower the number of judgeships in the federal government, Anonymous wrote.
“Can we just get rid of the judges? Let’s get rid of the fucking judges. There shouldn’t be any at all, really,” Trump said, according to the unnamed author.
The book further asserts that Trump wanted his legal team “to draft up a bill and send it to Congress to reduce the number of federal judges.” The suggestion was ultimately ignored by his staff.
The book, written by an unknown individual who was or still is within the White House (and who claims to be part of a resistance effort within the administration itself) has two aims, the author said: to inform the public-at-large about the goings-on in the Trump presidency, as well as to convince Trump supporters on the fence about supporting him again to not vote for him again in the 2020 presidential elections.
The Trump administration appears to be putting forward a pressure campaign against the book’s publishers. Assistant Attorney General Joseph Hunt sent a letter to them, demanding that identifying traits of the author be handed over, and failing that, that the manuscript be handed over to the White House for “pre-publication review” by officials therein.
The publisher refused to acquiesce to those demands.