Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Trump White House hunts for author of anonymous NYT op-ed

Trump White House hunts for author of anonymous NYT op-ed

"What's really going on here is that Woodward's book, and the contents of what is in the anonymous piece in The New York Times is that those closest to the president of the United States are saying we must save the country from the president", Berstein said.

In it, the author, identified as "a senior official in the Trump administration", describes an internal "quiet resistance" to Trump and assures Americans that "there are adults in the room" at the White House.

Ever since the explosive op-ed was posted, officials inside the West Wing have been speculating about who the author could be - and were on edge, pointing fingers at colleagues. "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable".

First lady Melania Trump issued a statement backing her husband.

A spokesman for Pence said the vice president does not write anonymous opinion columns. Since the New York Times op-ed appeared, Pence, in particular, has been a favorite possibility of many online because both he and the anonymous writer have used the unusual word "lodestar" in the past.

Yes, the tone was prickly enough to make a cactus jealous ― and yes, it basically urged people to harass the New York Times opinion desk. Her message included the Times' phone number.

In an extraordinary move, a furious Trump tweeted a demand Wednesday night that if "the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!" "He will stay. We're very happy with him, we're having a lot of victories, we are having victories that people don't even know about, and he is highly respected all over the world", the president said.

Trump seethed about the piece and presented it as one more jab from the ranks of disgruntled critics in denial about his presidential successes, even as Washington was consumed with speculation about who wrote it.

"We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the paper chose to publish this pathetic, reckless, and selfish op-ed", Sanders said.

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The column, released Wednesday, was said to be written by an anonymous senior administration official working from "within" the White House in order to "thwart" U.S. President Donald Trump's "worst inclinations".

Trump responded with fury, on Twitter and in comments at public events at the White House, calling it a "gutless editorial".

The dilemma-which he does not fully grasp-is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. It's like there's a sign that says 'In case of emergency, break glass, ' but these guys are like, 'I mean we could break the glass, but then there'd be glass everywhere.

The opinion piece in The New York Times is similar to parts of a new book about Trump by reporter Bob Woodward. "This is just another example of the liberal media's concerted effort to discredit the President", White House Press Secretary Sanders said.

There will also surely be calls for this administration official to reveal him/herself.

In response, Trump says of the Times: "They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them".

Who would go so far as to call Trump "impetuous, adversarial, petty, and ineffective?".

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