White House in meltdown after Trump hunts mole

White House in meltdown after Trump hunts mole

White House in meltdown after Trump hunts mole

A shocking New York Times op-ed Wednesday by an anonymous writer described as a senior White House official said that Trump's disturbing behavior is "detrimental to the health of our republic".

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.

Moving to squelch internet speculation, Pence's spokesman said the vice president did not write the article.

As the New York Post noted, the op-ed used the term "lodestar", a seldom-used word that is a favorite of Vice President Mike Pence. Frequently, they try to give some indication of why the person would be in a position to know something - the senior administration official, for example - and why anonymity was granted.

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

Buzzfeed News reported that Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, had denied writing the piece.

Her response is in line with President Trump's, who has been calling for the "failing" New York Times to reveal the identity of the author for "national security purposes", even suggesting it's "treason".

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.

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

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

"Each decision has to be made on its own merits", Nicholas Goldberg, the editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times, told CNN. "It contained some news - namely, that there has been talk inside the administration about invoking the 25th Amendment", Pritchard told CNN.

The piece claimed many Trump appointees were thwarting his "misguided impulses" until he is "out of office".

Trump, speaking at the White House last night, blasted the anonymous report as "gutless" and "really a disgrace".

The New York Times' decision to publish the op-ed will likely be debated for years.

That was followed by his demand that the Times unmask the author under the guise of national security. "Anonymous, meaning gutless, a gutless editorial - we're doing a great job", he said.

Republican senators said Thursday that a nameless Trump administration official's op-ed criticizing the president would backfire by emboldening Trump and proving to his strong supporters that the establishment is seeking to stop his agenda.

Some of that concern was seen on the third day of a contentious Senate confirmation hearing for Mr Trump's nominee for Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was grilled by Democrat Party Senators over his opinion on key issues including whether he believes a sitting President can be indicted.

Staff actively worked to insulate themselves from Trump's "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" leadership style, the writer said.

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