Officials deny penning attack on Trump

Frederick Owens
September 7, 2018

Trump and other White House officials have slammed the Times for taking the unorthodox step of publishing an anonymous op-ed.

The essay, posted Wednesday afternoon and attributed to a senior administration official, suggested that there is a group of high-level Trump administration officials working to stymie the president behind the scenes. "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable".

In one eye-opening passage, the writer says cabinet members initially considered invoking the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution, which provides for the president's removal if he is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office".

Amid intense speculation over who wrote the piece, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, previously Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director, said he was not the author and slammed the Times for publishing the piece.

Let's just hope this saga doesn't end like this.

Kelly has denied calling the president an idiot.

"It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room", the author continued.

Pompeo blamed the publication of the op-ed on a media that he said is trying to undermine Trump, a phenomenon he called "incredibly disturbing". In this case, the newspaper considered that the person's job would clearly be at risk and that the person could even be physically threatened, Dao said.

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White House officials did not respond to requests to elaborate on Trump's call for the writer to be turned over to the government or on the unsupported national security grounds of his demand. We fully recognise what is happening. We're in Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here.

Jennifer Palmieri, former communications director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, tweeted that, based on her experience with the Times and sourcing, "this person could easily be someone most of us have never heard of and more junior than you'd expect". "Don't worry, we will win!" he said earlier on Twitter.

Trump took to Twitter nearly immediately after it was published, demanding that the New York Times turn over the identity of the senior staff member who wrote the editorial.

The piece, in which the unnamed official described an internal "resistance" being waged against President Trump, has become a test of newsroom policies governing anonymous sources. She has the courage of her convictions and signs her opinions.

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, tweeted the phone number of the New York Times opinion desk in a bid to amplify pressure on the paper to identify the "anonymous coward".

The White House pitchforks are out for the author of the anonymous newspaper article who claimed that senior insiders were on a mission to manage Mr Trump's "amorality" for the good of the country.

The Times column said that those working for Trump made sure sanctions were placed on Russia for poisoning a Russian spy in Britain, despite the president's reluctance to do so.

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