Melania Trump Slams 'Cowardly' Trump Administration Official's New York Times Op-Ed

07 September, 2018, 09:46 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Trump advised a friend facing allegations from women to never show weakness

Washington is still reeling from Wednesday's New York Times op-ed from a member of the self-described White House "resistance", Stephen Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show.

The anonymous account was published a day after details of a forthcoming book by Bob Woodward, "Fear", painted a similar portrait of the White House, with many officials flouting Trump's orders.

After thanking Kim, Trump addressed the op-ed directly, lobbing some alt-right triggers - Deep State and the Fake News Media - to suggest the op-ed is more evidence they are "going Crazy" because his "Economy is booming like never before".

"They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them because they're very dishonest people", the president told reporters.

A New York Times article, said to be written by a senior White House official, says Mr Trump's appointees are trying to stifle his agenda. Members of his cabinet rushed to deny authorship in an unedifying spectacle reflecting the depth of suspicion gripping the Trump administration.

The unsigned column drew disavowals from at least 11 advisers to Trump, including Vice President Mike Pence, Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

While speculation ran rampant, administration officials began denying it. Pence's office issued a forceful statement, saying the vice president puts his name on opinions.

Some have taken to dissecting the op-ed in an effort to find who may have written it, but the writer may have accounted for that.

"Our office is above such amateur acts".

Trump responded with fury, on Twitter and in comments at public events at the White House, calling it a "gutless editorial".

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"TREASON?" Trump asked in a furious volley of tweets.

In the op-ed, the writer said that "ours is not the popular "resistance" of the left", and cited "bright spots" of Trump's tenure, including deregulation, tax reform and increased military spending.

Among the anecdotes, former top economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnAnonymous attack on Trump roils White House CNN: Trump searching for Woodward sources in White House The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance - Day Two: Kavanaugh to spar with hostile Democrats MORE is reported to have removed paperwork, unnoticed, from Trump's desk that the president meant to sign to withdraw the us from trade agreements.

I worked at The New York Times for most of my career.

"I'm draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back", Trump tweeted Wednesday night.

Such an existential threat and a host of other real or only narrowly averted catastrophic errors are now, with the first taste of Woodward's book, coming into sharp focus.

"Our policy is as you say not to publish pieces anonymously", the Post's editorial page editor Fred Hiatt told CNN, adding that he has "no comment on the current situation".

Speaking with Hannity on his program, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that the anonymous author had "repudiated our whole constitutional process".

"The root of the problem is the president's amorality", the official said, denouncing Trump's "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" leadership style.


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