Trump rages over article on 'resistance' in White House

Cheryl Sanders
September 7, 2018

Woodward reports Cohn was "appalled" that Trump might sign the letter.

His communications director also tweeted that "The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds".

"The Secretary didn't write the op-ed", a spokesperson for Carson told NBC News.

"Our office is above such amateur acts".

On Twitter, Mr. Trump commented on Washington journalist Bob Woodward's upcoming book, which, from the excerpts that have been published, shows Mr. Trump's presidency in a similar light.

Trump called Woodward's book "total fiction", and Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly have denied that they bashed the president.

Those distancing themselves from the column have included the vice-president, Mike Pence, and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, along with much of Trump's cabinet.

"If it was up to me, I'd shut down government over border security", he said.

"Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official" really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?"

"It's not mine", Pompeo added, referring to the article.

"From the beginning of our tenure, we have insisted that the entire [intelligence community] remain focused on our mission to provide the President and policymakers with the best possible intelligence".

When asked if she wrote it, United Nations envoy Nikki Haley responded with a curt "no" on her way to a Security Council meeting.

President Trump Thursday suggested the anonymous op-ed author was a "low-level" staffer and said the betrayal was so frightful that Democrats are feeling sorry for him.

On its podcast "The Daily", Dao said he was approached by someone he trusted about publishing the article.

"No, Dir. Mulvaney is not the author", a spokesperson for Mulvaney told NBC News. "I am proud to serve as a member of President Trump's Cabinet to advocate on behalf of America's 30 million small businesses".

Paul Light, a New York University professor and expert on the federal bureaucracy, said about 50 people could have legitimately written the column - probably someone in a political position appointed by President Donald Trump.

The book says Trump called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded " and even mocked his Southern tone.

The author of a New York Times op-ed about a resistance within the White House was right to stay anonymous, according to a constitutional lawyer who represents government whistleblowers.

The Times op-ed, anonymously authored and published on Wednesday, sparked a firestorm in Washington and a tweet storm from the president, who simultaneously accused the author of "treason" while questioning whether he even exists.

US Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a congressional ally of Trump's, said he thinks the issue is "serious from a national security standpoint".

The anonymous author wrote that where Trump has had successes, they have come "despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".

"That's a problem", Ingraham said.

In the Fox interview, Trump also said "we are getting the wall done", and that his Administration had already spent $3.2 billion so far on the border wall with Mexico.

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