Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Hunt on for senior official behind the anonymous NYTimes ‘resistance’ op-ed

Hunt on for senior official behind the anonymous NYTimes ‘resistance’ op-ed

Woodward's book is the latest to throw the Trump administration into damage-control mode with explosive anecdotes and concerns about the commander in chief.

"Folks have been looking to pay premiums on that policy for a while now", the official said.

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'". "'Sean, ' Mattis finally said, 'I've killed people for a living".

If the person is not among the 20 top people in the administration, "the Times just gets creamed", said Tom Bettag, a veteran news producer and now a University of Maryland journalism instructor.

"If that individual is in meetings where national security is being discussed, or other important topics, and they are attempting to undermine the executive branch, that would certainly be problematic and something that the Department of Justice should look into", Sanders said in her first briefing since the editorial was published last week. "That can be fixed", Trump said. On accounts in the book that senior aides snatched sensitive documents off his desk to keep him from making impulsive decisions, Trump told The Daily Caller, "There was nobody taking anything from me".

An internal White House resistance is working against Donald Trump to "frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations" until he leaves - or can be removed from - office, according to an an anonymous op-ed written by a current Trump administration official. "Mr. Trump is now determined against good advice to make this fall's election a referendum on himself, and if Republicans lose the House the path to his destruction will accelerate".

Evidently caught off guard by the level of detail in the book, White House officials were soliciting advice from allies on how to respond to the book as recently as this weekend, a person familiar with those conversations said.

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He "stole a letter off Trump's desk, ' Woodward writes, specifically to prevent the president from signing it". The column attracted so much attention - as much for its existence as for what it actually said - that it raised the expectation that the author is someone powerful, she said. Those issuing denials, at least in part, included Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly.

And in April 2017, after Syria's Bashar al-Assad attacked civilians with chemical weapons, Woodward reports, Trump demanded Mattis assassinate Assad.

While he does not name his sources, Woodward says he spoke with many people now or formerly working for Trump as he researched the book, discussing not just the president's personality but also major policy debates regarding North Korea and Afghanistan. "Are we clear?'" Mattis released a sarcastic statement on Tuesday calling the book "fiction".

In an interview with Fox News broadcast on Friday, Trump blasted the newspaper for printing the op-ed, which said cabinet members had even considered declaring Trump unfit to lead and beginning the process of ousting him via an amendment to the Constitution.

"The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true", Kelly wrote, "in fact it's exactly the opposite".

Fear is the 19th book by Bob Woodward, the iconic Washington Post reporter who uncovered the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein.

They pretend there is a normal president in the White House instead of, let's be honest, a maniac.

On Amazon, Woodward's new book was ranked as the top-selling book on Wednesday.

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