President Donald Trump is calling for the New York Times to release the of identity of the anonymous author of an op-ed detailing what the paper is calling a senior administration official’s “resistance inside the Trump administration.”
In a Sept. 5 tweet, Trump cast doubt on whether the official even existed (“or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?”), but said that if he or she did, “the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”
In another tweet two hours before, he wrote just one word that seemed to be referring to the same opinion piece: “TREASON?”
The Times did not respond to a request for comment by deadline.
The op-ed writer claims to be part of a network of senior officials who are “working diligently from within” to “frustrate parts of his agenda.”
“This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state,” the writer says.
It continues that administration officials early on thought about trying to invoke the 25th amendment to get the president removed from office, but instead decided to create a “quiet resistance” inside the White House to avoid a constitutional crisis.
“To be clear, ours is not the popular ‘resistance’ of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous,” it says.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement shortly after the op-ed was published saying that the writer, who wrote that they were obstructing the president’s agenda because “our first duty is to this country,” was instead putting him or herself above the country, and called on the person to “do the right thing” and resign.
“Nearly 62 million people voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016, earning him 306 Electoral College votes–versus 232 for his opponent. None of them voted for a gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times,” she wrote. “We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the paper chose to publish this pathetic, reckless, and selfish op-ed.
There has been wild speculation since the article was published about who the author could be. In a tweet, The New York Times called the writer a “he” but then said the tweet had been “drafted by someone who is not aware of the author’s identity, including the gender, so the use of ‘he’ was an error,” according to The Associated Press. However the tweet was not deleted.
Press Secretary Sanders called for an end to the media’s speculation on who the “gutless loser” is by tweeting that people should call the Time’s opinion desk if they want to know.
“The media’s wild obsession with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump. Stop,” she wrote in a statement.
She then gave the Times’s phone number.
From The Epoch Times