Anonymous 'Resistance' Official Blasts Trump in New York Times Op-Ed

Tonya Becker
September 7, 2018

The anonymous "senior" official's title and their experience working "in the Trump administration" allows for a wide range of people to scrutinise.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spokesman Tyler Houlton said, "Secretary Nielsen is focused on leading the men and women of DHS and protecting the homeland - not writing anonymous and false opinion pieces for the New York Times". Her message included the Times' phone number. But that doesn't mean it was a no-brainer to publish.

Hours later, President Trump rebutted this preposterous allegation - by ordering the newspaper to turn the op-ed writer "over to government at once!"

Moving to squelch internet speculation, Pence's spokesman said the vice president did not write the article.

The op-ed goes on to reference the country's divide over the presidential leadership, citing Sen. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.

"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.


"This suggests Anonymous is not member of Cabinet or senior WH official, in which case it should not have been printed".

"When he was super frustrated about the leaks, he would rail about the "snakes" in the White House", said the source.

"After proper and extensive vetting, we would have run the piece".

"There were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment", the mole writes. "Though rare, anonymity is warranted in extraordinary circumstances".

"The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected president of the United States", she writes.

As one leaker told Axios: "I usually pay attention to other staffers' idioms and use that in my background quotes".


Ancrum, who has led the Herald's editorial page since 2013, said she has never fielded a request from someone to write anonymously - and she genuinely isn't sure if the paper would have published the piece from the unnamed Trump administration official. We would have tread extremely carefully.

US President Donald Trump is seeking to replace defence secretary Jim Mattis mainly because of the sharp differences between them, a report in The Washington Post has claimed.

The Times has always been a target of President Donald Trump's vitriol.

The mystery writer has sparked wild speculation, similar to the frenzy to learn the identity of Woodward and Carl Bernstein's mysterious Watergate source, Deep Throat, who was later to be revealed to be Federal Bureau of Investigation associate director Mark Felt. "Who is the intermediary?"

"I am not author of the anonymous NY Times op-ed", Linda tweeted.

Trump was incensed about the column, calling around to confidants to vent about the author, solicit guesses as to his or her identity and fume that a "deep state" within the administration was conspiring against him.


Amid intense speculation on who the mystery author is, on Thursday four top White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said they were not the author and slammed the Times for publishing it. Ben Sasse of Nebraska - a frequent critic of the president - said the views in the op-ed were "not surprising".

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