Trump calls NYT op-ed 'treasonous', Pompeo, Pence deny writing explosive piece

Aaron Brown
September 8, 2018

In Wednesday's column, the writer slammed Mr Trump's "amorality" and said a number of United States officials were part of a "quiet resistance" inside the administration.

President Donald Trump says Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate the identity of the author of an anonymous New York Times opinion piece.

His statement appears to reveal that the White House isn't any wiser about the identity of the source who wrote the op-ed piece this week.

He also criticised the claim made in the article which asserted that the coalition of "resistance" within the Trump administration was working in the interests of the American people.

Pelosi mused about "who wrote it, who has denied it already".

US Vice-President Mike Pence has dismissed speculation he is the author of a damning anonymous editorial that attacks President Donald Trump.

Let's just hope this saga doesn't end like this.

Trump was explaining how his first year and a half in office were driving his Democratic opponents and his critics "crazy", when he turned to the "latest act of resistance".

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"Our libel laws should be toughened up so you can't do that", Trump said.

"But I can imagine they did do some due diligence calling other sources in the White House and running some of it by them".

Woodward describes Trump regularly insulting key members of his own team, who are in turn contemptuous of the president.

It's unclear what possible crime the Justice Department could investigate in this situation.

I got a similar call amid all the calls demanding an answer: "Well, Sarah Sanders left your number so we could complain, but I support the New York Times".

Trump immediately slammed as "gutless" the unsigned op-ed - published a day after excerpts from bombshell book claiming that White House staff were constantly battling to rein in the president's worst impulses.

"I come from a place where if you're not in a position to execute the commander's intent, you have a singular option, that is to leave", said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "We fully recognize what is happening".

The opinion piece in The New York Times is similar to parts of a new book about Trump by reporter Bob Woodward. In one of those investigations, the government secretly seized records for telephone lines and switchboards that more than 100 reporters for The Associated Press used in their Washington bureau and elsewhere.

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