White House eyes 12 potential authors behind anonymous op-ed

White House eyes 12 potential authors behind anonymous op-ed

White House eyes 12 potential authors behind anonymous op-ed

"It's national security", the president said on Air Force One, on the way to a rally in North Dakota Friday. Donald Trump said it was necessary to identify the "anonymous" U.S. official for national security reasons, reported Washington Post.

"Jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece was because I really believe it's national security", Trump said.

"This could be very risky if the person who is talking to the media is actually revealing national security secrets", he added.

The anonymous piece in The New York Times said "a quiet resistance" within the Trump administration was working to thwart some of the president's "worst inclinations".

"I think so, because I think it's national security", Trump said when asked if he wants the DOJ to investigate.

"The "New York Times" should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed", said his spokesman.

Trump has already demanded that the newspaper release the identity of the author, and wondered if the publication amounts to treason.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was open to sitting down with investigators probing possible collusion between his election campaign and Russian Federation "under certain circumstances", but did not want to get caught in a "perjury trap".

"For the sake of our national security, the New York Times should publish his name at once".

"I don't mind criticism, I handle it, and I fight back", said Trump, according to CNN. "Donald Trump was elected because he promised to secure our borders, renegotiate trade deals to benefit American workers and rebuild our military".

To set an investigation into motion, the White House counsel's office would normally contact the Justice Department.

Trump reiterated that it was a "disgrace" that the Times would publish the piece.

The editorial was authored by a "senior official" within the Trump administration, who said that there are many of them within the administration who are working to frustrate many of Trump's agenda.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) suggested that President Trump could find the mystery New York Times anonymous source by probing suspects with lie detector tests and would be completely justified in doing so.

Trump has openly criticised and ridiculed Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, but the attorney general has embraced Trump's views on most other law enforcement issues, including leaks from inside government.

Trump told reporters Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should pursue the identity of the Times essay writer.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, a fierce Trump critic, told NBC, "This is not sustainable to have an executive branch where individuals are not following the orders of the chief executive".

Ryan countered the issue of Trump's earlier fiscal 2018 omnibus veto threat by saying it ultimately never materialized - even against Trump's constant rhetoric and apparent willingness to provoke a shutdown.

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