Trump Calls NYT Op-Ed By Unnamed White House Official 'Gutless'

Trump advised a friend facing allegations from women to never show weakness

Trump advised a friend facing allegations from women to never show weakness

The US vice-president has denied being the anonymous author of explosive claims of a high-level "quiet resistance" to President Trump as the "volcanic" American leader demanded to know the identity of the source.

The New York Times Opinion desk acknowledged the extraordinary step of publishing such an anonymous op-ed, saying it did so at the request of the author whose identity is known to the paper. The ↕nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed.

Speaking to the Daily Caller website, President Trump suggested such protests ought to be illegal. "Frankly the word of the New York Times is not worth taking".

Mr Pompeo, previously Mr Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director, said during a trip to India that he was not the author and condemned the Times for publishing it, while Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Mr Mattis did not write the piece.

Both Ms Sanders and Mr Trump lashed out against the New York Times for publishing the essay, with the president adding that "all these phony media outlets will be out of business" once he leaves the presidency, as they will have nothing left to write about.

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The article was a coup for the Times in its endless fight for supremacy with The Washington Post, coming a day after the Post published excerpts from an upcoming book on the Trump administration by Post legend Bob Woodward. It said the senior administration official's job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.

Asked whether internal dissent in the White House concerned him, Graham, who has recently become one of Trump's most vocal supporters, said: "I don't know how deep it is".

For those unaware, the article published on Wednesday was allegedly written by a senior official in Trump's administration and claims members of his staff are actively working to undermine his actions when officials believe they may pose a risk to national security. That speaks to the writer either being in the White House or having access to people who are there regularly.

"I was absolutely nervous about it for any number of reasons, one being the safety and security of the writer".

First lady Melania gave a rare outspoken criticism Thursday by calling out the White House official who attacked President Trump anonymously in print, accusing the person of subversion.

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"So basically", Times investigative reporter Jodi Kantor observed in a tweet on Wednesday, "Times reporters now must try to unearth the identity of an author that our colleagues in Opinion have sworn to protect with anonymity?"

"I spend more time with the President than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship", he said.

"These are individuals who don't support the president's agenda, the agenda of lower taxes, less regulation. less government bureaucracy, an agenda he put forth to the American people during his campaign and two years later he is fulfilling", Lewandoski pressed on only to have Berman push back.

The writer also alleged "there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment" because of the "instability" witnessed in the president. Dao said: "I feel that we followed a definition that has been used by our newsroom in the past".

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