The explosive anonymous op-ed about President Trump published this week by the New York Times was NOT written by Linda McMahon ... at least according to her.
"When you tell me about some anonymous source within the administration, probably who is failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons - and the New York Times is failing - if I weren't here, I believe the New York Times probably wouldn't even exist", Trump said in a public meeting with U.S. sheriffs Wednesday.
James Dao, the newspaper's op-ed editor, told the Times' podcast The Daily that the author contacted the paper through an intermediary. "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable".
The author of the column argued that the successes of the current administration on issues like deregulation and tax overhaul have happened despite the president's management style.
Let's just hope this saga doesn't end like this. Language in the article, including the use of the unusual word "lodestar", was the subject of wide online speculation and language searches. Following so quickly on the heels of the Woodward book, however, the New York Times essay will make for a one-two punch that will be hard to shake off.
Still others, though, found other phrases, like "first principles" to be indicative of a number of officials.
Trump went on a private hunt to discover the identity of the author, who characterized Trump as an amoral and temperamental threat to the nation surrounded by concerned senior staff and cabinet members diligently working in concert to check his worst impulses. The â†•nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed.
White House officials did not immediately respond to a request to elaborate on Trump's call for the writer to be turned over to the government or the unsupported national security ground of his demand.
The use of anonymous sources has been a prominent source of ire for Mr. Trump, who said any article that uses one should be considered fiction.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during a trip to India, told reporters "it's not mine", and denounced the Times for publishing the anonymous article that indicates Trump may be facing the prospect of revolt within his own administration.
The anonymous piece from the senior administration official bashed president Donald Trump as incompetent, chaotic, and erratic. He criticized the media for what he said were its efforts to "undermine this administration".
"We're doing this in order to prevent World War III", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly replied thinly.
But the Times op-ed suggests that dissent and resistance inside Trump's White House are even deeper than Woodward described.
"I'm not sure it matters", Conway said.
On "The Five" on Thursday, Gutfeld singled out one sentence in the op-ed: "We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous".
The opinion piece claimed that several top officials within the administration are trying to "frustrate" parts of the president's agenda and "worst inclinations", adding: "I would know". The author calls Trump "anti-trade and anti-democratic".
The official's piece described a "two-track" presidency in which Trump says one thing and his staff consciously does another, citing the president's alleged preference "for autocrats and dictators".