'Extraordinary' confession from White House official working against Donald Trump

Pauline Gross
September 7, 2018

The piece, which slammed Trump's leadership style as "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective", said some senior officials have been working from within to frustrate parts of the president's agenda and protect the country from his worst impulses.

Trump later tweeted, "TREASON?" and in an extraordinary move demanded that if "the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for national security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!" "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable".

In Washington, the claims of "not me" were echoed from Pence's office, from energy secretary Rick Perry, from Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, from Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, as well as a host of other USA cabinet members.

"Bob Woodward has been criticized in the past and criticized by the president for fictionalizing.they have lots of people in the Trump administration saying it's not true and it relies on anonymous sources".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Daniel R. Coats also denied being the author on Thursday.

Let's just hope this saga doesn't end like this. In the Atlantic, David Frum, a Republican commentator who is a fierce critic of Mr Trump, called it a "constitutional crisis".

"Americans should know that there are adults in the room", the op-ed states.

Mr Trump said he won't be settling for that response.

'Or is the entire newspaper bound by the promise of anonymity? Much like "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff, and "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House" by Omarosa Manigault Newman, the book shines the spotlight on the inside of the White House during the Trump presidency.

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"We fully recognize what is happening", the anonymous author said.

But President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence lambasted the author of the op-ed, and the New York Times.

Trump lashed out in characteristic fashion, and the Times even ran a story about the op-ed and the ensuing fallout on its front page on Thursday.

Jennifer Palmieri, former communications director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, tweeted that, based on her experience with the Times and sourcing, "this person could easily be someone most of us have never heard of and more junior than you'd expect". "We have oversight over the executive office of the president and federal employees. under my subcommittee", he said.

"And I think it gets held against them in the biggest possible way". She has the courage of her convictions and signs her opinions.

Donald Trump's White House is reeling following a one-two punch of revelations that cast doubt on the fealty of the president's closest advisers and risked further dividing his fractious staff.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, in a separate statement, called the anonymous author a "coward" who should resign.

While Woodward's is not the first unflattering investigation into Trump's White House, it carries particular weight coming from the man who together with Carl Bernstein authored the Watergate expose that brought down former President Richard Nixon.

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