Written by Lune Loh

On the 5th of September, the New York Times released a ground-breaking Op-Ed of an anonymous official in the White House working in a resistance against President Donald Trump’s administration.

The unnamed official has described President Trump’s leadership style as “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.”

Meanwhile, President Trump has lashed out in response on Twitter, threatening the Times to turn over the official to the government.

The Editor of the paper’s Op-Ed, Mr James Dao, mentioned in an interview that the piece “…was a very principled position that deserved an airing.”

It is rare for the Times to publish an Op-Ed in anonymity. The use of anonymous sources is highly discouraged, and only allowed when news sources cannot be otherwise confirmed. Many Op-Eds were published anonymously for individuals who might have their safety endangered if identified.


Lune is a core member of /S@BER (/Stop @ Bad End Rhymes), a Singaporean writing collective, and is currently an Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. Her works have been published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, 聲韻詩刊 Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine, Math Paper Press' SingPoWriMo 2017 & SingPoWriMo 2018 and Squircle Line Press' Anima Methodi anthology. She has also been featured at Singaporean LGBTQ+ pride events such as Contradiction XIII and TransIt 2. Find her waxing at

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