Unnamed Trump Official Cites "Quiet Resistance" Within Administration

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McMahon isn't the only one to deny that she wrote the article either.

The Pentagon said Defense Secretary James Mattis did not write the piece. Some who agreed with the writer's points suggested the president's reaction actually confirmed the author's concerns.

Trump again suggested the op-ed and the Times could amount to treason during Thursday's campaign rally for Republican Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale, calling it "unfair" and speculating it could have been written by someone in the "deep state".

A number of top officials of the Trump administration came out in open, denying that they were the author."The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds".

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After the piece was published, Trump took to Twitter saying, "If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

The document is reproduced in Woodward's book and is an example of how top White House aides would steal and hide documents from Trump that they believed to be a danger to national security. He called it "gutless" and launched into an extended criticism of the newspaper.

In one example, former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn reportedly took a letter off Trump's desk to keep him from signing it because Cohn feared the consequences for the USA position in Asia.

Trump described the writer of the opinion piece as someone "probably who is failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons".

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The anonymous author of the bombshell essay that captivated Washington on Wednesday claims to be part of a group of officials within the administration actively working against the president's wishes. That measure defines methods to legally remove a president from office.

They decided against the move, fearing a constitutional crisis, but Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren took to the airwaves on Thursday to revive the idea. "And I ought to tell you, just I find - I find the media's efforts in this regard to undermine this administration incredibly disturbing", Pompeo said.

Sanders also urged the Times to issue an apology. She said the writer should resign from the administration.

Trump responded to the op-ed in the same way the White House has been responding to the damning new book by Bob Woodward: by outlining his administration's accomplishments and touting the strength of the economy.

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He also criticised the claim made in the article which asserted that the coalition of "resistance" within the Trump administration was working in the interests of the American people.