Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Trump's top aides scramble to deny authorship of anonymous op-ed

Trump's top aides scramble to deny authorship of anonymous op-ed

"He called on The New York Times to "turn over" the op-ed writer for "National Security purposes".

"We're going to see", said Mr Trump, who was on his way to a rally in North Dakota.

US President Donald Trump struggled to pronounce the word anonymous during his condemnation of a New York Times column that has thrown the White House into turmoil.

President Donald Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate who wrote an anonymous op-ed published by The New York Times earlier this week that claimed members of the president's staff are actively working to undermine his agenda.

The Times issued a statement saying it was confident the Justice Department 'would not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power'.

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Zaid argued that if the author really intends to curb Trump, there was "greater value" in maintaining their position.

Although the writer says they support the administration's objectives, they say that 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.

Produced by Howard Goldenthal, Willow Smith and John Chipman. "For the New York Times to allow that to happen is disgraceful". "I would say Jeff [Sessions] should be investigating the author because it's national security".

Pelosi was asked about the op-ed at her weekly news conference today, and said that "Republicans in Congress have enabled so much of the mayhem that exists in the White House to occur without any comment".

The Justice Department declined to confirm or deny an investigation.

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"It was not his op-ed", chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said. The paper's opinion section said it was taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous article because disclosing the author's identity would jeopardise the person's job.

President Trump took to Twitter to question whether there even was an scribe at all. It's addressed to the South Korean president and trade minister, and informs them that the USA "wishes to terminate" the current trade agreement between the two countries.

Advised the tests would result in mass resignations, he ordered the tests for about 1,000 employees of the State and Defense departments, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council.

"They are the only ones complicit in this deceitful act", she said.

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