Republican senators say anonymous op-ed will embolden Trump

07 September, 2018, 09:50 | Author: Rachel Logan
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The anonymous piece in The New York Times said "a quiet resistance" within the Trump administration was working to thwart some of the president's "worst inclinations".

"But I think that given the extraordinary circumstances, the New York Times was ethically justified in publishing the piece - assuming, of course, that they know for certain who the author is and that he is a senior administration official, and that they have vetted the facts as well as they can".

On Twitter, Trump charged "The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane - & they don't know what to do".

During a campaign appearance in Billings, Montana, Trump also praised Greg Gianforte, the Republican congressman who physically attacked the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs previous year, as "a fighter and a winner".

On the Internet and in Washington, a guessing game has raged over who the author might be, prompting almost every cabinet-ranked member of the government to deny it was them. The denials and condemnations came in from far and wide: Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and secretary of defence Jim Mattis denied authorship on a visit to India; interior secretary Ryan Zinke chimed in from American Samoa.

Vice President Mike Pence also denied writing the opinion piece.

In contrast, her husband's initial statement about the op-ed was a tweet that said, "TREASON?"

"Our office is above such amateur acts". He called it "a disgrace" and the writer "gutless" during an event with sheriffs at the White House on Wednesday afternoon.

"To the writer of the op-ed - you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions", she said.

The opinion piece, and Woodward's book, which is published next week, follow many news articles during Trump's 19-month presidency that have depicted turbulence at the White House under his leadership. "So, well done, New York Times".

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"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 said.

Trump lashed out in characteristic fashion, and the Times even ran a story about the op-ed and the ensuing fallout on its front page on Thursday.

When asked if she wrote it, United Nations envoy Nikki Haley responded with a curt "no" on her way to a Security Council meeting. James Dao, op-ed editor for The Times, told the Daily podcast Thursday he doesn't see any scenario where the Times would give up its source.

Ryan said he isn't anxious about President Donald Trump's public threats or inclinations toward shutting down the government in an effort to secure funding for his border wall.

The writer claims staff are alarmed at the president's erratic behaviour and that there's a resistance within the administration.

Trump called Woodward's new work "fiction".

The New York Times has been struggling, as have other newspapers, with how to cover Donald Trump since the early days of his candidacy.

"If you believe that this Times piece hurts Trump, you might be dumb enough to read the Times", Gutfeld said.

Regarding the writer's identity, he said it "may not be a Republican, it may not be a conservative, it may be a deep state person who has been there for a long time".

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