On Trump's White House Op-Ed 'Witch Hunt', His Wife's Response

Top aides scurry to disavow NYTimes opinion piece, Trump jets to rally

Trump is no stranger to bad press at this point - you may have even heard him complain about it from time to time - but he's really got his hands full this week, as the op-ed declaring an active "resistance" within his ranks came just days after very unflattering excerpts were released from Pulitzer Prize victor Bob Woodward's upcoming book "Fear: Trump in the White House", spurring President Trump to call for stricter libel laws on Wednesday.

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".

On the Internet and in Washington, a guessing game has raged over who the author might be, prompting almost every cabinet-ranked member of the government to deny it was them.

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.

Others say the op-ed just reiterated what most people who have been watching this White House closely already know: This is a president like no other. His deputy chief of staff said Pence's office is "above such amateur acts".

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

The demand came shortly after Trump published a one-word message on Twitter: "TREASON?"

"To the writer of the op-ed - you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions", the first lady emphasized.

The opinion piece, and Woodward's book, which is published next week, follow many news articles during Trump's 19-month presidency that have depicted turbulence at the White House under his leadership.

This morning, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders put a bit of a fork in it, saying that any inquiries about the matter should go to the New York Times from now on.

"I am not author of the anonymous NY Times op-ed", Linda tweeted.

It is, in other words, the type of story pretty much any editor would dream of having fall into his lap - which is essentially what happened to Times op-ed page editor Jim Dao, who was approached by the unnamed official through an intermediary several days ago.

Melania was not the only person close to President Trump to release a statement on the op-ed.

They decided against the move, fearing a constitutional crisis, but Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren took to the airwaves on Thursday to revive the idea.

Although the writer says they support the administration's objectives, its successes have come in spite of the president, who is described as impulsive, erratic and amoral, someone whose "misguided impulses" need to be controlled for the good of the US.

Trump called Woodward's new work "fiction".

The Times acknowledged the "rare step" of publishing an anonymous editorial but said the official's job would be jeopardized if they were identified.

In the piece, the writer had claimed: "The root of the problem is the president's amorality".

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