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Carlos Alberto Montaner: Trump and Another Deep Throat
Latin American genius Carlos Alberto Montaner takes a look at who outed Donald Trump

By Carlos Alberto Montaner

It’s an anonymous whistleblower. A whistleblower who, for now, does not reveal his or her name. In American culture they are very appreciated. They cooperate with justice. To put an end to filthy deeds, they show them in broad daylight. They have turned upside down corrupt companies and executives who violated the law, and incidentally, some girl who passed by the office. Richard Nixon succumbed to one of them who was known as Deep Throat.

The famous NYT’s article had a headline that was a direct declaration of war: “I am part of the resistance inside the Trump administration.” And then it added: “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” It’s a senior officer. It’s not a Democrat in ambush. It’s an anti-Trump Republican in ambush.

The “resistant ones” are Republicans. They like certain measures taken by Trump. For example, deregulations, tax reforms that have reduced taxes, investments in the armed forces and “more.” What more?

I would add the unequivocal support to Israel, the promised move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the solidarity with the Venezuelans, although so far it has been an oral exercise. Also, the end of the thaw with the Cuban dictatorship. Since Trump has been in the White House, Cuba has forgotten the ridiculous claim of 140 billion dollars that the United States allegedly owed to Havana as a result of the embargo.

But the root of the disagreement has a huge weight: “the root of the problem is the president’s amorality.” He is not guided by principles. He is not even a conservative who follows the key values of the group: free minds, free markets, free people. He prefers autocrats and dictators like Vladimir Putin of Russia or Kim Jong-un of North Korea. He does not appreciate the ties that should unite him with the nations allied to the United States.

I would add that this incomprehension of who the friends and enemies are gets a third world war much closer. Not to understand the value of a united and democratic Europe together with the United States, and to stimulate the impulses of ruptures, like the Brexit, is to know nothing of the history of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The NYT’s article joins a new book by legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, Fear: Trump in the White House. The book reiterates everything that Michael Wolf in Fire and Fury and Omarosa Manigault in Unhinged have said before Woodward. For Woodward, who is a Republican, but does not submit to anyone, Trump’s White House is Crazytown, a mental asylum.

He interviews dozens of very high officials and, with their consent, records the conversations. Some refer to Trump as an idiot or a moron and the portrait of the president that emerges from the book is that of an uneducated, unstable, uninformed, narcissistic, resentful and liar ruler, capable of saying anything, with a minimum attention span, unable to focus on the essential issues, with the infantile behavior of a ten-year-old child.

One of those informants was perhaps the one who wrote the article in the NYT. CNN considers 13 possibilities, including Melania Trump, the long-suffering wife, who has already denied any connection with that text, as all members of the Cabinet have done. In any case, I suspect that at some point another of the conspirators will step forward and reveal his or her identity without fear of consequences.

In 2005 it became known that it was Mark Felt, then FBI’s Associate Director, who told the story of the plumbers who entered Watergate. It became known more than 40 years after Nixon resigned as president. I don’t think this time we’ll have to wait that long to know who blew the whistle.

Carlos Alberto Montaner is a journalist and writer. Born in 1943 in Cuba and exiled, Montaner is known for his more than 25 books and thousands of articles. PODER magazine estimates that more than six million readers have access to his weekly columns throughout Latin America. He is also a political analyst for CNN en Espanol. In 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named Montaner as one of the fifty most influential intellectuals in the Ibero-American world. His latest novel is A Time for Scoundrels. His latest essay is "The President: A Handbook for Voters and the Elected." His latest book is a review of Las raíces torcidas de América Latina (The Twisted Roots of Latin America), published by Planeta and available in Amazon, in printed or digital version.


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