Trump demands the New York Times unmask the anonymous op-ed author

Trump demands the New York Times unmask the anonymous op-ed author

The Woodward book, Fear: Trump in the White House, reported that senior aides lifted documents from the Oval Office desk to keep the president from acting on his impulses, reinforcing the assertions in the Times op-ed piece.

It would look like the Times was trying to stir the pot if it were not a high-level person, said Chuck Todd, host of NBC's "Meet the Press".

Ryan said he isn't anxious about President Donald Trump's public threats or inclinations toward shutting down the government in an effort to secure funding for his border wall. "Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making", the official wrote, adding that aides work around Trump to make sure his desires are not enforced.

Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats stepped forward, one after another, with their own version of the same message: "Not me".

After thanking Kim, Trump addressed the op-ed directly, lobbing some alt-right triggers - Deep State and the Fake News Media - to suggest the op-ed is more evidence they are "going Crazy" because his "Economy is booming like never before".

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

Getty Melania Trump released a statement on the op ed.

Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein on Thursday called for Congress to hold hearings on President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea to cooperate with U.S. in nuclear talks: report Nike to air Kaepernick ad during 'Thursday Night Football: report Brothel owner who won Nevada GOP primary being investigated over sexual assault allegations MORE's fitness for office. "To be clear in this op-ed, the writer claims when you talk about taxes when you talk about deregulation and the military that he or she agrees with the president on that matter". Dao said the Times protected the official's identity at the author's request because divulging the name would jeopardize the person's job.

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As the New York Post noted, the op-ed used the term "lodestar", a seldom-used word that is a favorite of Vice President Mike Pence.

"Our office is above such amateur acts".

But the fact that someone senior in the Trump administration claims to be part of an internal "resistance" dedicated to thwarting parts of the president's agenda and protecting the nation "against his worst inclinations" is news.

Some of the guess-the-author game centred on whether the author worked in the White House or a federal agency.

The demand came shortly after Trump published a one-word message on Twitter: "TREASON?"

During an interview with Fox and Friends, conducted onstage prior to Trump's rally and set to air on Friday, the president called the paper's decision to publish the column "very unfair".

Regarding the writer's identity, he said it "may not be a Republican, it may not be a conservative, it may be a deep state person who has been there for a long time".

"Nothing in this town stays secret forever, and so ultimately I do think we will find out who is the author", he said.

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