Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump suggests anonymous author was a 'low-level' staffer

Trump suggests anonymous author was a 'low-level' staffer

"The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane", he wrote, and "they don't know what to do.

A wounded lion is a very risky animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded".

Some say the essay was the pathetic "me too" effort by The New York Times to match the scoops in Woodward's book published in The Washington Post. Members of his cabinet rushed to deny authorship in an unedifying spectacle reflecting the depth of suspicion gripping the Trump administration.

Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats stepped forward, one after another, with their own version of the same message: "Not me".

A spokesperson for US Vice-President Mike Pence has dismissed claims that he wrote the op-ed, describing it as "false, illogical and gutless".

The extraordinary column was published Wednesday, a day after initial excerpts emerged from Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House".

But Mrs. Trump struck a different note than her husband, prefacing her criticism by proclaiming the importance of first-amendment freedoms.

Among the anecdotes, former top economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnAnonymous attack on Trump roils White House CNN: Trump searching for Woodward sources in White House The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance - Day Two: Kavanaugh to spar with hostile Democrats MORE is reported to have removed paperwork, unnoticed, from Trump's desk that the president meant to sign to withdraw the us from trade agreements. "In South Carolina, when the New York Times speaks, most people don't listen".

That tweet had meshed with the stunning NYT op-ed, which said Trump has a preference for autocrats and dictators, and "little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations".

Meanwhile Trump's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley was asked on her way to a meeting of the Security Council if she was the anonymous correspondent and responded, simply: "No".

It is, in other words, the type of story pretty much any editor would dream of having fall into his lap - which is essentially what happened to Times op-ed page editor Jim Dao, who was approached by the unnamed official through an intermediary several days ago.

Ryan said he isn't anxious about President Donald Trump's public threats or inclinations toward shutting down the government in an effort to secure funding for his border wall.

However, the writer says no one wants to cause a constitutional crisis.

The NYTimes opinion piece, written by an anonymous senior official within the White House, said: "President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader".

The anonymous piece from the senior administration official bashed president Donald Trump as incompetent, chaotic, and erratic.

Independent voters, and those who voted grudgingly for Mr Trump in 2016, may pause, Dr Bullock said.

The author goes on to speak about Trump's "amorality" being at the root of the problem and calls the president's impulses "anti-democratic".

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