Published on Wednesday in the New York Times, the anonymous senior member of the Trump administration claimed that the president is unfit for office and that staff member have banded together to quash his most risky impulses.
“I’d love to see the certainty”, he continued.
“He didn’t write it.Acting Administrator Wheeler supports President Trump 100% and is honoured to serve in his cabinet, he also believes whoever wrote the op-ed should resign”, said John Konkus, spokesman for Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The piece in the New York Times describes a president who is “impetuous” saying, “His impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations”.
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.
The White House pitchforks are out for the author of the anonymous newspaper article who claimed that senior insiders were on a mission to manage Mr Trump’s “amorality” for the good of the country.
Meanwhile, several other administration officials – including Mike Pence, Ben Carson, Jim Mattis, Mike Pompeo, and Dan Coats – have denied that they wrote the op-ed.
A spokesperson for Pence dismissed any notion that the vice-president had written the article, writing that “the vice-president puts his name on his op-eds” and that “our office is above such amateur acts”.
With many prominent administration members delivering on-the-record denials, the focus could now fall on other senior aides to do the same, with questions raised about those who stay silent. Trump said on Twitter Wednesday night. Dao said: “I feel that we followed a definition that has been used by our newsroom in the past”. The Times op-ed argues that invoking the 25th Amendment would “precipitate a constitutional crisis”.
Sesno said the Times’ credibility is on the line “if this person turns out to be a window-washer somewhere”.
In a tweet Wednesday evening, Trump wrote a single word: “TREASON?”
Trump responded to the op-ed in the same way the White House has been responding to the damning new book by Bob Woodward: by outlining his administration’s accomplishments and touting the strength of the economy.
“The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane – & they don’t know what to do”, he said in tweet early Thursday.
The book spotlights Trump advisers’ fears about the impulsive leader, and features quotes of Trump using profanity and mocking Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ accent.
The opinion piece says that Trump’s staff often takes action to block the president from action.
The veteran Washington Post investigative reporter, who uncovered the truth about the Watergate break-in that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation, has torn away the West Wing’s veil of secrecy, revealing an often chaotic, combative staff operation at war with Mr. Trump’s impulsive, paranoid decision-making.