Trump denounces anonymous column as officials cry 'Not me!'

Larry Hoffman
September 7, 2018

In that same tweet, Trump said that if the official does exist, the Times "must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

Since it was released, the op-ed has sparked a parlor guessing game about its author's identity that perhaps hasn't been seen in Washington D.C. since Joe Klein wrote Primary Colors.

He then turned the subject to the anonymous op-ed, which said officials in the Trump administration were undermining the president's agenda in order to protect the country from his "worst instincts".

Finally, after the op-ed appeared online Wednesday the president tweeted, "TREASON?"

No one has come forward to say they've authored the piece, which has dominated the news cycle since it was published Wednesday afternoon.

The document is reproduced in Woodward's book and is an example of how top White House aides would steal and hide documents from Trump that they believed to be a danger to national security.

He also criticised the claim made in the article which asserted that the coalition of "resistance" within the Trump administration was working in the interests of the American people.

Among others, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also deny writing the piece.

"We're looking right now at what's the appropriate action from a legislative standpoint to review what's happened", said Meadows, R-N.C.

Another said the "Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane - & they don't know what to do", pointing to the growing USA economy as an achievement.

The essay, which said some of Trump's closest advisers work in secret to thwart his "more misguided impulses until he is out of office", enraged the president.

A spokesman for Mr Pence said the vice-president does not write anonymous opinion columns. "Our office is above such amateur acts". "Don't worry, we will win!" he said earlier on Twitter.

The anonymous "senior" official's title and their experience working "in the Trump administration" allows for a wide range of people to scrutinise. "Anonymous, meaning gutless, a gutless editorial - we're doing a great job".

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the person behind the op-ed chose to "deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States" and called on the "coward" to resign.

When news organizations use an unnamed source, they are asking readers to trust the credibility of the information at a time of public distrust in the media.

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