Trump Officials Deny They Wrote New York Times Op-Ed

Trump Officials Deny They Wrote New York Times Op-Ed

Pundits are lining up to weigh in on a salacious New York Times op-ed allegedly penned by an anonymous #Resister in the Trump administration, with some experts on television calling the piece an all-out coup against the president. It said the senior administration official's job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted a statement on Thursday telling people who are asking about the identity of the writer to "stop".

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Trump seethed about the piece and framed it as a jab from critics in denial about his successes, while Washington was consumed with speculation about who wrote the opinion piece.

Both Ms Sanders and Mr Trump lashed out against the New York Times for publishing the essay, with the president adding that "all these phony media outlets will be out of business" once he leaves the presidency, as they will have nothing left to write about. The column attracted so much attention - as much for its existence as for what it actually said - that it raised the expectation that the author is someone powerful, she said. "If I weren't here, i believe The New York Times probably wouldn't even exist".

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"He would basically be like, 'We've gotta get rid of them".

Political psychologist Dr Bart Rossi said it is clear that Trump has been exhibiting narcissistic behaviour and it has been getting worse as the pressures of the office mount and the federal Russian Federation probe stretches on.

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.

"When you give someone anonymity on this, you are putting your credibility on the line", Marcus said.

The op-ed appeared just a day after excerpts of journalist Bob Woodward's latest book were published, portraying a West Wing in chaos and quoting senior officials disparaging Trump's leadership and competence. "When Donald Trump says something he expects others to believe it is reality even if it is completely fabricated".

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That was followed by his demand that the Times unmask the author under the guise of national security. The op-ed pages of the newspaper are managed separately from its news department. The paper's executive editor, Dean Baquet, is responsible for the news side and was not part of the decision.

By early afternoon, eight senior officials had disavowed the piece, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis, while hammering the author for writing it and the Times for publishing it.

Within hours of the first reports about the book, the USA leader started attacking it, asserting that quotes and stories in the book "were made up frauds, a con on the public".

"If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves", she wrote.

The author says that he/she isn't a liberal operative and agrees with numerous policy goals the administration is pursuing, but that those goals are being achieved in spite of - and not because of - the president.

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