Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Donald Trump's Top Aides Scramble To Disavow Explosive "Resistance" Op-Ed

Donald Trump's Top Aides Scramble To Disavow Explosive

Trump reacted with fury to the anonymous account, published by the New York Times on Wednesday, which was written by a current Trump administration official and claimed an internal White House coalition is working to frustrate "his worst inclinations" until he leaves - or can be removed from - office.

Yet senior GOP lawmakers rejected the idea that the op-ed would damage Trump, insisting instead that it would help him during the midterms and in the 2020 presidential election.

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. I can only imagine the conversations at the New York Times about publishing such a thing.

Mr Trump labelled the anonymous writer "gutless" and the newspaper as "phony".

Trump seethed about the piece and framed it as a jab from critics in denial about his successes, while Washington was consumed with speculation about who wrote the opinion piece.

The report quoted an unnamed White House official as saying that speculation about a replacement was now "more real than ever" after revelations in famed investigative journalist Bob Woodward's upcoming book titled "Fear: Trump in the White House". "This guy", Kimmel said before showing video evidence of Pence using the word on multiple occasions.

The text of the op-ed was pulled apart for clues: The writer is identified as an "administration official"; does that mean a person who works outside the White House?

In the article, the anonymous writer slams the US president, claims to be part of the "resistance" against Trump to "thwart" his "more misguided impulses", and even reveals that cabinet members once considered using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. That speaks to the writer either being in the White House or having access to people who are there regularly.

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The Times says it knows who the author is but isn't disclosing their identity in order to protect their job.

The article sparked a guessing game in Washington about whether the author worked within the White House or a government agency, and raised questions of whether other officials may come forward, step down or be fired.

CNN's Kate Bennett asked FLOTUS how she felt about the op-ed, which is making headlines nationally, and she was hardly complimentary of its author.

They claimed that early on in the presidency there was talk of trying to remove the president by invoking the 25th Amendment, but that this was dismissed as potentially triggering a constitutional crisis.

The Times defended the editorial in a statement, saying: "We are incredibly proud to have published this piece, which adds significant value to the public's understanding of what is going on in the Trump administration".

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'".

"These are individuals who don't support the president's agenda, the agenda of lower taxes, less regulation. less government bureaucracy, an agenda he put forth to the American people during his campaign and two years later he is fulfilling", Lewandoski pressed on only to have Berman push back.

"For those of you asking for the identity of the anonymous coward", Sanders said, along with a note.

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