Republican reaction to New York Times op-ed: Some concern, some shrugs

Sep 07, 2018, 04:03
Republican reaction to New York Times op-ed: Some concern, some shrugs

Writing anonymously for the New York Times, they claim 'many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations'.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a statement: "Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my principal deputy is patently false".

"I will say that it has not been our practice to do anonymous op-eds for the reason that kind of goes along the lines of.if you are making an argument, you should have the wherewithal and the belief in putting your name to that argument", Marcus said".

The official described a "two-track" presidency in which Trump says one thing and his staff consciously does another, for example with regard to what he called Trump's "preference for autocrats and dictators".

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.

The US President fired back at the piece and its "gutless" author, demanding they be exposed for "national security purposes".

After the column was published on Wednesday, senior officials reportedly cancelled afternoon meetings to brainstorm ways to identify the whistleblower, and some resorted to contacting reporters to find out who knows what, according to White House officials cited in a Wall Street Journal report. "This guy", Kimmel said before showing video evidence of Pence using the word on multiple occasions.

Trump wrote, "Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official" really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?"

A livid Trump questioned whether the author is a legitimate administration official, but also demanded that the Times out him or her and suggested that the person should be investigated.

Speculation over the author's identity was not limited to the White House - much of Washington was buzzing with rumours and speculation.

The Woodward book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", reported that senior aides lifted documents from the Oval Office desk to keep the president from acting on his impulses, reinforcing the assertions in the Times op-ed piece.

As the Times tells it, an intermediary approached op-ed editor Jim Dao a week ago saying that someone in the administration wanted to write the piece.

"I know the president is very unconventional", Ryan said.

"We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the paper chose to publish this pathetic, reckless, and selfish op-ed", Sanders said. Dao said: "I feel that we followed a definition that has been used by our newsroom in the past".

Woodward claimed in his book that Kelly called the president an idiot and added in frustration, "It's pointless to try to convince him of anything".

The column has set off a wild guessing game on the author's identity.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also dismissed Woodward's book, saying, "I haven't read a lot of his books".

"The media's obsession with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump".

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