Trump slams damning New York Times op-ed as ‘gutless’

Sep 07, 2018, 01:59
Trump slams damning New York Times op-ed as ‘gutless’

An anonymous senior Trump official published a blistering op-ed Wednesday in the New York Times denouncing the president and describing a "resistance" within his own administration working against him.

In an unusual move, the New York Times decided the only way to deliver a perspective the publication judges important to the readers was to run an essay despite the wish of the author - a senior official in the Trump administration- to remain anonymous.

The decision was in the purview of James Bennet, editorial page editor, and James Dao, op-ed editor, with publisher A.G. Sulzberger weighing in, a Times spokeswoman said.

"He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russian Federation, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behaviour".

"It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room", the author continued. We fully recognize what is happening.

The book recounts that Mr. Mattis told "close associates that the President acted like and had the understanding of 'a fifth- or sixth-grader.'" Mr. Mattis said in a statement: "The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence".

"But these successes have come despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective", the person wrote.

"I know I was criticized in one magazine where the writer was retarded", Trump told Stern. "He says he feels deeply betrayed by this op-ed because it will hurt all of their efforts to help the President do right".

"Nearly 62 million people voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016", said Ms Sanders.

White House officials did not immediately respond to a request to elaborate on Trump's call for the writer to be turned over to the government or the unsupported national security ground of his demand.

Earlier in the show, Colbert also poked fun at Bob Woodward's exposé, "Fear: Trump in the White House", with a segment inspired by children's show "Reading Rainbow".

So rather than risk the invocation of the Constitution's 25th Amendment, the prescribed route for removing a president, the writer boasts that 'we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until - one way or another - it's over'.

He said the apparent crisis in the White House is "really scary" and called on members of Congress to stop defending the president for selfish reasons. The op-ed author claimed to be a person who supported some of the president's policies but was concerned with his temperament.

He also blasted The New York Times as "failing".

President Donald Trump listens to Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah in the Oval Office of the White House, Sept. 5, 2018, in Washington.

The newspaper describes the author of the unsigned column only as "a senior official in the Trump administration".

Yes, this is likely more the result of the "senior administration official" keeping his/her job and avoiding the crush that would land on him/her if the op-ed had a byline.

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