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'That's Not Journalism, That's Clickbait': Gutfeld Slams Anonymous NYT Op-Ed

07 September, 2018, 09:50 | Author: Ted Wilson
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First lady Melania Trump on Thursday echoed her husband's criticism of an anonymously penned New York Times op-ed critical of President Donald Trump, accusing the unnamed Trump administration official who wrote it of "cowardly actions".

The unsigned column drew disavowals from at least 11 advisers to Trump, including Vice President Mike Pence, Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

A furious Trump responded by questioning whether the author even existed, and said that if the person does exist, the writer is "gutless" and must be outed for national security purposes.

Trump has spoken and written about the piece several times since its publication Wednesday.

They lined up to deny writing an incendiary New York Times opinion piece that was purportedly submitted by a member of an administration "resistance" movement straining to thwart Trump's most unsafe impulses.

President Trump tweeted his own response to the op-ed Wednesday, calling the writer "gutless" and wondering if the administration official actually existed.

The Times published the op-ed just as reviews of veteran Washington journalist Bob Woodward's latest book, Fear: Trump Inside the White House, were released to the public this week.

"The Vice President puts his name on his Op-eds".

But Mr Trump was said to be "volcanic" with rage over the article and is said to feel that the only people he can trust are his children.

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"In other countries. they sometimes call this a coup", Wallace said on MSNBC's Deadline: White House, referring to the article's assertion that there is a "resistance" made up of administration officials which aims to protect the republic from Trump's "amorality".

The excerpts said aides sometimes tried to limit what they saw as damaging behaviour by disregarding his instructions. The vote will be widely seen as a referendum on Trump.

"Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back".

"The dilemma - which he does not fully grasp - is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations". Ellison Barber reports from the White House.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders tried to shut down the speculation.

"The media's wild obsession with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump", she wrote. "Stop", she wrote on Twitter.

When asked if she wrote it, United Nations envoy Nikki Haley responded with a curt "no" on her way to a Security Council meeting.

"There's nothing in the piece that strikes me as being relevant to or undermining the national security", Dao said. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said through a spokesman that he was not the author, either. "The people closest to him have the gravest doubts".

On Twitter, Trump charged "The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane - & they don't know what to do".

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