Trump Officials Deny They Wrote New York Times Op-Ed

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Grin Ivanka apparently unfazed by the reports of a fight between her and Bannon flashed a wide smile as she walked from her house to the Secret Service SUV waiting for her

The Times defended the choice to grant anonymity to the author because he or she is "a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure".

It would look like the Times was trying to stir the pot if it were not a high-level person, said Chuck Todd, host of NBC's "Meet the Press".

Marjorie Pritchard, op-ed page editor at the Boston Globe, said her paper "would have handled the situation similarly to the Times".

The op-ed's publication fueled speculation about its source, and on Thursday morning a stream of senior administration officials came forward to deny that they had written the column, among them Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

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". The writer questions the president's morality and fitness to serve.

MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace said on Wednesday the stunning claims made in the anonymous op-ed - for example, that there is a group of "adults" in the White House who believe Trump is unfit to hold office and are trying to shape policy behind the president's back - are akin to "a coup".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that the author of the op-ed should step down.

The extraordinary column was published Wednesday, a day after initial excerpts emerged from Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House".

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Trump has been very upset and vocal about the article. "I don't know how Donald Trump is going to react to this".

"I will say that it has not been our practice to do anonymous op-eds for the reason that kind of goes along the lines of.if you are making an argument, you should have the wherewithal and the belief in putting your name to that argument", Marcus said". His deputy chief of staff said Pence's office is "above such amateur acts". Democrats continue to call for an adjournment over the handling of documents from Kavanaugh's tenure in the George W. Bush White House.

The anonymous author wrote that where Trump has had successes, they have come "despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".

Speaking with Hannity on his program, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that the anonymous author had "repudiated our whole constitutional process".

"Nothing in this town stays secret forever, and so ultimately I do think we will find out who is the author", he said.

"It seems unlikely to me this person is a holdover when the person is praising the tax cuts - praising deregulation, talking about the fact that they like many things that happened", Berman told the stonefaced Trump defender.

The writer said Trump aides are aware of the president's faults and "many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".

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