Searing Trump op-ed sets off wild guessing game on author

Searing Trump op-ed sets off wild guessing game on author

Searing Trump op-ed sets off wild guessing game on author

The New York Times published an op-ed Wednesday by an anonymous US official, said that he or she, and others in government, have vowed to thwart the president's "more misguided impulses until he is out of office".

The Times said revealing the author's identity would put his or her job in jeopardy.

"Advisers told Mr. Trump that this was the same as leakers who talk with the news media every day, but a hunt for the author of the offending article was quickly initiated and scrutiny focused on a half-dozen names", the New York Times reported.

The opinion piece titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" offers the view from an alleged White House staffer who says is part of a group working to thwart part of president's agenda from within.

"We believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic", the anonymous official wrote.

On Wednesday night, Trump tweeted a demand that if "the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

The writer was identified only as a senior administration official.

"I come from a place where if you're not in a position to execute the commander's intent, you have a singular option, that is to leave", he told reporters at an impromptu briefing at the US embassy in New Delhi.

- Gary Cohn, who served as Trump's top economic adviser until March, "stole a letter of Trump's desk" that the president was going to sign that would have withdrawn the US from a trade pact with South Korea.

Coverage of the new manuscript from Bob Woodward, a Washington Post editor and author of a dozen best-selling nonfiction books, was being closely monitored by the president.

"'No way. No, no, no, '" she added during Trump's campaign. "But it is a sad statement".

Here's the CBS report on Trump's refutation of Woodward's book:What else?

Asked by reporters at the White House whether he was considering replacing Mattis, Trump said: "He'll stay right there". He added, "He and I both know this story is total BS". He accused the media of trying to undermine the Trump administration and said he found that "incredibly disturbing". The book also includes the first release of meaty dialogue between Mueller and Trump's lawyers.

The piece is just the latest indication that the administration, which Trump has described as a "smooth running machine", is in an even deeper state of chaos than previously known. We already know that Kelly at one point instructed staffers that all information, whether on paper or in briefings, needs to run through him before it reaches the president.

THE RESPONSE: Mattis issued a statement, tweeted twice by Trump, saying: "The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".

A damning passage of the article reads: "From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief's comments and actions".

The official says there some "early whispers within the cabinet" of the 25th Amendment - which provides a mechanism for replacing a president who is incapacitated - but "no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis".

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