Top Trump economist says bombshell NYT op-ed 'might be a fraud'

07 September, 2018, 22:59 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks from the White House

Many have pointed out that the term "senior administration official" is a relatively broad term. "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable".

Senior staff in key United States national security and economic policy roles charged the article's writer with cowardice, disloyalty and acting against America's interests in harsh terms that mimicked the president's own words.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, budget director Mick Mulvaney and others denied authorship of the article.

Vice President Mike Pence also denied writing the opinion piece.

Let's just hope this saga doesn't end like this. "Our office is above such amateur acts", Pence's spokesperson said in a tweet Thursday.

But when one of Trump's own appointees (finally) says it, perhaps there's a different weight to the words.

A furious Trump responded by questioning whether the author even existed, and said that if the person does exist, the writer is "gutless" and must be outed for national security purposes.

Without a large-scale sign of resistance, that State official said, the op-ed amounts to little more than "reputational insurance".

He told reporters, "It's not mine" and said The Times should not "have chosen to take a disgruntled deceptive bad actor's word for anything and put it in their newspaper". It may be a deep state person.

In one eye-opening passage, the writer says cabinet members initially considered invoking the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution, which provides for the president's removal if he is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office".

Mr. Trump has fumed about the anonymous op-ed that was first published online Wednesday.

The editors of the newspaper know the identity of the senior administration official, which has not been revealed to protect his job.The White House has called for the resignation of the anonymous official and launched an intense investigation to find out who wrote the highly damaging op-ed.

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

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement in which she described the piece as "a new low for the so-called paper of record'".

"But what was said in there is a reflection of what we hear from many Republicans around the country - not in Congress", she said. "You can call it a lot of things", the president said in an interview with Fox & Friends host Pete Hegseth before his political rally in Montana.



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