Trump Calls NYT Op-Ed By Unnamed White House Official 'Gutless'
Trump Calls NYT Op-Ed By Unnamed White House Official 'Gutless'
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07 September, 2018, 07:55
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during a trip to India, told reporters "it's not mine", and denounced the Times for publishing the anonymous article that indicates Trump may be facing the prospect of revolt within his own administration.
"We all know Putin wrote the op-ed and the NYT claimed it's a senior Trump official because they think that's true", Ben Shapiro tweeted.
James Dao, the newspaper's op-ed editor, said in the Times' daily podcast that while an intermediary brought him together with the author, he conducted a background check and spoke to the person to the point that he was "totally confident" in the identity.
However, it's possible, too, as noted in a recent Axios story about White House leakers, that the person who wrote the article purposely included certain words to cover his or her tracks. But that doesn't mean it was a no-brainer to publish.
Hours after the op-ed was posted to the Times website, Trump condemned it and said the publication "must" identify the author for "national security purposes".
The Post has a rule against "anonymous or pseudonymous submissions" to its opinion page.
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a meeting with Republican House and Senate leadership in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. September 5, 2018.
"We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers", the paper said. "While I generally enjoy reading fictions, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility".
"This suggests Anonymous is not member of Cabinet or senior WH official, in which case it should not have been printed".
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders tried to shut down the speculation.
"After proper and extensive vetting, we would have run the piece". "Though rare, anonymity is warranted in extraordinary circumstances".
McMahon isn't the only one to deny that she wrote the article either. Look the person in the eye, tell them what you think.
"A lot of us [were] wishing we'd been the writer, I suspect ..." We would have tread extremely carefully.
What's more, the author says that some in the administration have whispered about invoking the 25th Amendment, a constitutional provision that allows the vice-president and a majority of the Cabinet secretaries to vote to remove a president who is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office". "And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't".
The writer added: "This isn't the work of the so-called deep state". "Who is the intermediary?" So is the fact that the author of the op-ed was willing to say so in one of the nation's most influential newspapers.
The White House immediately slammed the piece and called on the person who authored it to resign.
The writer of the Times op-ed said Trump aides are aware of the president's faults and "many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations". Ben Sasse of Nebraska - a frequent critic of the president - said the views in the op-ed were "not surprising".
Now the even bigger challenge falls to Dao's colleagues in the Times newsroom, which is separate from the opinion section.
As of yet, the Times has made no indication that they have any intention of revealing the identity of the author.
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