New York Times' anonymous Trump op-ed pits reporters against editorial department

New York Times' anonymous Trump op-ed pits reporters against editorial department

New York Times' anonymous Trump op-ed pits reporters against editorial department

Published on Wednesday in the New York Times, the anonymous senior member of the Trump administration claimed that the president is unfit for office and that staff member have banded together to quash his most risky impulses.

Because of the inherent ambiguity of anonymity - the term "senior administration official" could apply to hundreds, not all close to the President - and the New York Times' antagonistic relationship with the President, the op-ed has poured fuel on the narratives of both sides of the political divide, either confirming a Deep State conspiracy to destroy the President, or confirming that he is unfit for office.

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Trump told a raucous crowd of supporters: "Nobody knows who the hell he is, or she, but for the sake of our national security, the New York Times should publish his name at once".

On the Internet and in Washington, a guessing game has raged over who the author might be, prompting almost every cabinet-ranked member of the government to deny it was them.

Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the op-ed highlighted loyalty issues among staffers more than Trump's shortcomings.

"Our office is above such amateur acts".

Mr Trump has described the writer as "gutless" and the newspaper as "phony".

Melania said via a statement: "To the writer of the op-ed - you are not protecting this country; you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions".

The piece comes in the wake of a testimony in Bob Woodward's book about the Trump White House - which includes claims that aides stole papers off his desk to prevent him from signing them.

The former NY businessman and reality TV star has had an unusually high level of staff turnover and has sometimes publicly criticized his top aides.

"We all know Putin wrote the op-ed and the NYT claimed it's a senior Trump official because they think that's true", Ben Shapiro tweeted.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters she was not the author.

James Dao, who runs the Times op-ed page, told CNN he received the article through an intermediary several days ago, calling the timing of piece's publication and the Woodward book "a coincidence".

The article claimed that Mr Trump's unpredictability meant he could not be trusted with the enormous power of the Presidency so the group were deliberately thwarting his whims.

They decided against the move, fearing a constitutional crisis, but Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren took to the airwaves on Thursday to revive the idea.

"You should not be lapping up the benefits of being a senior administration official, no doubt while scouting for lucrative opportunities for when you leave your post", she said.

"If the failing New York Times has an anonymous editorial - can you believe it?"

The speaker smirked. He agreed that Trump's public threats are just how the president operates.

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