The unsigned piece appeared to reinforce the claims made in the new book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward, which describes a virtual cabal of high-minded White House and cabinet officials scheming to prevent Trump from taking decisions damaging to the U.S. economy and national security.
Hours earlier, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders accused the “anonymous coward” of “recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country”.
In June, the Times published a piece from an asylum seeker who was in a Trump administration family detention center, not identifying her because of gang-related threats she received.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a statement: “Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my principal deputy is patently false”.
However, whoever it may be, this newly published editorial reveals that someone in the White House does feel as though the administration’s job is to build a wall between Trump and America – and regardless of how many are willing to say so publicly, this individual says numerous others are doing the same work.
Two senior Trump officials later told Axios that the author had “stole the words right out of their mouths” – and that “dozens and dozens” of others in the administration feel the same way.
“That is cold comfort to most Americans who count on the president as the person who will make the ultimate decision”. We fully recognize what is happening.
The writer says Trump aides are aware of the president’s faults and “we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t”.
“We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers”, the newspaper said.
In the piece published online Wednesday, the official sounds an alarm about Trump’s “amorality” and “impetuous” leadership style.
In fact, in reading the op-ed, the first thing that struck me was how well the writer must know Trump – since he/she includes so many known triggers of the President’s rage.
“It scared the hell out of me”, he said, referring to the op-ed. “What it really means is we don’t have a president”.
At one point during the call, Trump put Conway on the phone, who admits that she “put in” Woodward’s request but it was rejected.
In those reports, numerous senior administration officials have described Trump’s impulsive decision-making and the chaos that has often animated the President’s inner circle.
“None of them voted for a gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times”.
An anonymous Trump administration official would like you to know that they are what’s standing between you at the apocalypse.
The White House has called for the resignation of the senior administration official who wrote the piece. Trump, the writer argues, holds none of the ideals held dear by conservatives and the Republican Party, adding that the president’s impulses tend to be anti-trade and anti-democratic.
“There are mechanisms in place to deal with an unfit president in the White House”, Cooke wrote Thursday. Woodward said, “I stand by my reporting”.
Trump also said The New York Times, news channel CNN and “all of these phony media outlets” will be out of business soon.