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

US foreign policy a tug of war between Trump, staff

US foreign policy a tug of war between Trump, staff

"I'm looking at that right now", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

"Supposing I have a high level national security, and he has got a clearance, we talked about clearances a lot recently, and he goes into a high level meeting concerning China or Russian Federation or North Korea or something".

On Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders encouraged Americans to flood the New York Times switchboard in protest over an anonymous op-ed from a member of the Trump administration.

"Supposing I have a high-level national security, and he has got a clearance, we talked about clearances a lot recently, and he goes into a high-level meeting concerning China or Russian Federation or North Korea or something", he said.

"For the sake of our national security, the New York Times should publish his name at once".

"I think the op-ed author is actually in the right".

On Friday, senior White House aides and Cabinet officials continued to rush out public denials of some of the allegations and eschew ownership of the op-ed.

President Trump said Supreme Court candidate Judge Brett Kavanaugh has his support, as does Republican challenger Matt Rosendale.

"The President just, just today said he believes it's somebody in national security", Conway told Christiane Amanpour for her show which premiers on CNN International and PBS on Monday.

Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh finishes confirmation hearings
She said Kavanaugh told her during their face-to-face meeting that he views the 1973 decision as established legal precedent. The hearing closed Friday (Sept. 7) with testimony from witnesses both in support of and in opposition to Kavanaugh.


Though it was strongly critical of Mr Trump, no classified information appears to have been revealed by the author or leaked to the newspaper, which would be one crucial bar to clear before a leak investigation could be contemplated.

They are all performing for an audience of one man.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Attorney General Jeff Sessions should look into what senior administration official reportedly penned the New York Times op-ed.

In his first major political speech since leaving the White House, former president Barack Obama denounced Trump's response to the article, as part of a wider rebuke of his successor's behaviour and agenda. Woodward reported that Gary Cohn, then the White House's chief economic adviser, plucked a letter off Trump's desk that the president meant to sign that would have terminated the trade agreement between the United States and South Korea.

President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser in Fargo, N.D., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.

Mr. Trump's latest remarks indicate that he wants to use the machinery of the government to root out the source of the Op-Ed, which described some administration officials as being in a state of near mutiny against a president they view as risky and untethered from reality.

"Of course, there's a lot of speculation now about who wrote this", Kimmel said. That person should be found out and stopped, " Giuliani said.

The President said he finds the ordeal unsettling, primarily because the author could have a security clearance and has access to "high level national security" meetings.

"Can you understand why people would think, and Trump would think, that after what he did for you, [what you did] was so despicable?" asked McGuirk.

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