Stunning Reports Reveal ‘Frantic’ White House Hunt For Anonymous Trump Official

06 September, 2018, 21:29 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • This guy is mentally retarded. He's this dumb Southerner' Trump reportedly said of his attorney general Jeff Sessions who recused himself from the Russia probe

Yesterday, The New York Times published an op-ed from a senior Trump administration official, who says he's part of the resistance and will work to thwart parts of the Trump agenda.

The paper's opinion section said it was taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous article because disclosing the author's identity would jeopardize the person's job.

And there's the episode when the president's former chief economic advisor Gary Cohn called him a "professional liar" and was so alarmed by something he saw on Trump's desk-a draft letter that would have withdrawn the United States from a critical trade agreement with South Korea-that he removed it without telling the president.

"The dilemma - which he does not fully grasp - is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", the official wrote. But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

"I come from a place where if you're not in a position to execute the commander's intent, you have a singular option, that is to leave", he told reporters at an impromptu briefing at the USA embassy in New Delhi.

A spokesperson for the vice president denied that Pence was behind the op-ed, saying in a statement Thursday that the Times "should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical and gutless op-ed".

The opinion piece followed publication on Tuesday of the first excerpts from a damaging book by Bob Woodward of The Washington Post describing chaos in the White House. "But it is a sad statement".

"This guy is mentally retarded", Mr Trump said of Mr Sessions, according to the book.

White House officials didn't immediately respond to a request to elaborate on Trump's call for the writer to be turned over to the government.

In the column, the official presents a damning assessment of the Trump presidency and the official suggests there is a network of officials working behind the scenes to protect the nation from Trump.

The book, which is set to be released on September 11., alleged that Trump's current and former aides have called him an "idiot" and a "liar".

Pompeo's spokeswoman started to turn to another question, but the secretary interjected: "I'll answer your other question directly because I know someone will say, 'Gosh, he didn't answer the question.' It's not mine".

Publication of Woodward's book has been anticipated for weeks, and current and former White House officials estimate that almost all their colleagues cooperated with the famed Watergate journalist. Trump said on Twitter Wednesday night.

The anonymous author was gutless, the president said.

More broadly, the White House's emerging strategy to push back against Woodward's reporting seems to be going after those former officials suspected of sharing documents and stories, according to several people familiar with the game plan. But the fact of the matter is that we've seen news like this come and go, each one appearing to be the nail in the coffin and each one rusting within days.

They claimed that early on in the presidency there was talk of trying to remove the president by invoking the 25th Amendment, but that this was dismissed as potentially triggering a constitutional crisis.



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