Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

State Dept Official Suggests Real Motivation Of Anonymous Anti-Trump Op-Ed

Some theorized that Vice President Mike Pence might be the op-ed's author, but Pence senior staffer Jarrod Agen slapped that idea down in blunt terms, blasting The New York Times for even publishing the piece in the first place. He accused the media of trying to undermine the Trump administration and said he found that "incredibly disturbing".

"While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility", the defence secretary had said.

Swift denials followed from others in the Trump administration.

The opinion piece in The New York Times is similar to parts of a new book about Trump by reporter Bob Woodward.

"Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my Principal Deputy is patently false", he said.

Woodward denied Sunday morning that he had spoken primarily to people who had a score to settle with the president. "He's doing a fantastic job as secretary of defense".

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"They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them because they're very dishonest people", the president told reporters. The op-ed pages of the newspaper are managed separately from its news department.

US Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a congressional ally of Trump's, said he thinks the issue is "serious from a national security standpoint".

The article charges that the book describes "Trump's paranoia" about the Russian Federation investigation, which apparently was triggered by some opposition research assembled with the financial funding of the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The writer of the Times op-ed 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".

The writer also alleged "there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment" because of the "instability" witnessed in the president. That measure defines methods to legally remove a president from office.

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