Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo deny writing explosive op-ed attacking Trump

Glen Norman
September 10, 2018

The New York Times published an op-ed written by an anonymous "senior administration official" last week that echoes numerous claims Woodward makes in his book, but he said he has "no idea" who the author is.

"We're going to take a look at what he had, what he gave, what he's talking about, also where he is right now", Trump said during a flight from Billings, Montana, to Fargo, North Dakota, on a fundraising trip for Republican candidates.

However, allegations that Mattis is intervening regularly to avert national security disasters have once again raised the question of whether military commanders possess the authority to refuse a direct order from the President under certain circumstances. It also helped overshadow the release Friday of more positive economic news, which the president complains does not get more widespread attention amid the constant controversies around the White House.

But Woodward defended the reporting behind "Fear" as "meticulous and careful" and noted that he had multiple sources for every claim.

"Definitely not treason, not even close It is just criticism of the president", said Mr. Painter, a frequent critic of Mr. Trump.

Woodward told CBS that the most "dangerous" moment of Trump's standoff with Kim Jong Un came when the president went to produce another provocative tweet.

Last month, Trump reportedly canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to North Korea after the country sent out a mysterious letter, pointing to potential hostilities between the two leaders.

The story ran Wednesday and was written by an anonymous individual who claims to be working for the president.

Meanwhile White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that she didn't bring Woodward's request to interview the president for the book directly to Trump.

As the plot thickened in an already over-the-top administration, Trump allies and political insiders joined the mad scramble to unmask the writer.

The assertions in the op-ed piece were largely in line with complaints about Trump's behavior that had repeatedly been raised by various administration officials, often speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds.

"Anyone who would write an anonymous editorial smearing this president, who has provided extraordinary leadership, should not be working for this administration". He called Woodward's book a "scam" and tried to cast doubt on the way he's quoted. "These quotes were made up".

Woodward describes the situation in his forthcoming book "Fear" and also discussed it in an interview on 'CBS Sunday Morning'.

According to Woodward, the tweet was never sent out after backchannel communications with North Korea made clear that the nation would regard the move as a sign the United States was preparing to wage war on the North.

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