Top US officials deny 'gutless' editorial

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

James Dao, the newspaper's op-ed editor, said in the Times' daily podcast that while an intermediary brought him together with the author, he conducted a background check and spoke to the person to the point that he was "totally confident" in the identity.

"In other countries. they sometimes call this a coup", Wallace said on MSNBC's Deadline: White House, referring to the article's assertion that there is a "resistance" made up of administration officials which aims to protect the republic from Trump's "amorality". Fox News host Sean Hannity called the author of the op-ed a "swamp sewer creature who can't stand that there is a new sheriff in town". "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable". "All I thought when I first saw it is it actually has the effect of helping the president. Stop", she wrote on Twitter.

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

Let's just hope this saga doesn't end like this. As the New York Post noted, the op-ed used the term "lodestar", a seldom-used word that is a favorite of Vice President Mike Pence.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, for her part, seemed more flippant during an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News on Wednesday night.

However, it's possible, too, as noted in a recent Axios story about White House leakers, that the person who wrote the article purposely included certain words to cover his or her tracks.

Since the editorial was published, the highest-ranking officials in Trump's administration have come forth to publicly deny any involvement.

Current and former members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet are pictured in this Oval Office photo taken on March 13, 2017.

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"The dilemma - which he does not fully grasp - is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", the official wrote.

The Woodward book, Fear: Trump in the White House, reported that senior aides lifted documents from the Oval Office desk to keep the president from acting on his impulses, reinforcing the assertions in the Times op-ed piece.

Mr Coats said in a statement that speculation that he or his principle deputy wrote the piece was "patently false".

Trump responded with fury, on Twitter and in comments at public events at the White House, calling it a "gutless editorial".

'So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until - one way or another - it's over, ' they said. It's like there's a sign that says 'In case of emergency, break glass, ' but these guys are like, 'I mean we could break the glass, but then there'd be glass everywhere. But some also expressed a desire to pull together and counter those who want to exacerbate the sense of mistrust.

"Nearly 62 million people voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016, earning him 306 Electoral College votes - versus 232 for his opponent".

"Unelected, deep state operatives who defy the voters to push their own secret agendas are truly a threat to democracy itself".

In a parade of disavowals of the article, Pompeo said on a trip to India that he was not the author, while representatives for Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said they were not the authors either.

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