Vice-President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have denied writing an explosive and anonymous opinion piece that said an internal “resistance” is working to thwart parts of Donald Trump’s agenda, as the White House seeks to rout out the author.
Trump reacted with fury to the anonymous account, published by the New York Times on Wednesday, which was written by a current Trump administration official and claimed an internal White House coalition is working to frustrate “his worst inclinations” until he leaves – or can be removed from – office.
Trump derided the article as “anonymous, meaning gutless” and lashed out at the New York Times for publishing it, insisting “they don’t like Donald Trump and I don’t like them because they’re very dishonest people”.
In a tweet on Wednesday evening, Trump insisted: “If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”
Pompeo, who is visiting New Delhi, told reporters on Thursday: “It’s not mine” after fevered speculation over who wrote the article seized Washington.
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called on the “coward” who wrote the piece to “do the right thing and resign”.
Pompeo said it “shouldn’t surprise anyone” that the New York Times chose to print “such a piece” and if the piece actually was written by a top US official the outlet “should not have chosen to take a disgruntled, deceptive, bad actor’s word for anything.”
Pompeo accused the media of trying to undermine the Trump administration and says he finds it “incredibly disturbing”.
The op-ed represents a shocking critique of Trump and is without precedent in modern American history. In it, the anonymous author describes Trump as amoral, “anti-trade and anti-democratic” and prone to making “half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions”.
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