I don't mean to insult long time friends of mine, but this "deep state" stuff relating to the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times and the Bob Woodward book excerpts is rather cheap punditry. This is not a deep state conspiracy, but a conspiracy of people hand picked by President Trump. It is not embeds of the Obama Administration, but Republican operatives who opposed Trump and resolved to try to help him after he beat them.
Look, we need to clear the air on this. Trump supporters do not want to hear it, but get together in any off the record meeting of movement conservatives who have gone to assist Trump and what you are reading in the New York Times and in the Bob Woodward book comes pouring out. The people with whom the President has surrounded himself, with the exception of many of the early primary Trump supporters, tend to not like the guy or they like him personally, but they think he is an idiot. And many of the early Trump supporters are incompetent grifters who had nowhere else to go. The President knows it and has marginalized them, relying instead on the cut throat operatives now sabotaging him because these cut throat operatives are actually competent.
The stories from Trump staffers are legion. There is no deep state here. This is the White House staff and the Trump White House approved staff of the various cabinet officials.
If you want a salacious story with which to rile people up, let them know these are not Obama holdovers and long time, left-leaning bureaucrats. This is the Republican establishment that Trump beat and then absorbed along with movement conservatives who decided they needed to try to salvage what they could and save the country in the process.
Trump bested them, they tried to come to terms with him, and they couldn't. Some of them are now leaking.
See, the conclusion you should be drawing is not that there is a leftwing deep state out to sabotage the President and uphold Barack Obama, but there is a Republican establishment that views Trump as temporary. They believe they'll be back in charge once he is gone. The do not recognize this as Trump's Republican Party. They're just pretending to recognize it as such before they jump in the shower and cleanse the White House stench off them.
But here's the other dirty little secret -- you can't really say that out loud because you need the Republican base to go vote for some of the allies of these very people this November to save this Presidency.