The quiet resistance trying to thwart President Trump

The quiet resistance trying to thwart President Trump

The quiet resistance trying to thwart President Trump

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, replied, "Not that I know of", when asked by a reporter if Congress should try to identify the anonymous author of the essay, who was described by The New York Times as a senior administration official.

This may spin around for days with #FakeNews narratives from the MAGA crowd, and cries of "told you so!" from those who detest Trump and see him as nothing more than a petulant child disguised in big boy clothing. The author said Trump was reluctant to take the action, but "his national security team knew better".

Some of the guessing game over the authorship centred on whether the author worked in the White House or a federal agency.

Pelosi also joked that Vice President Mike Pence was her first guess for who was behind the op-ed, saying that it "probably won't take long" before the author is revealed.

The MSNBC contributor claimed that Trump wants to arrest whoever it is that wrote the piece, though it is not clear what charges could be brought against someone for sharply criticizing the president.

"The @nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed", spokesman Jarrod Agen said on Twitter.

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"What's unfair, I don't mind when they write a book and they make lies because it gets discredited", Mr Trump said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to head off reporters' inquiries of Trump officials, tweeting that questions should be aimed at the Times, which she said was "complicit in this deceitful act".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Daniel R. Coats also denied being the author on Thursday.

Trump continued attacking the op-ed yesterday, suggesting to Fox & Friends that by publishing the piece, the Times is "virtually" guilty of "treason".

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

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

"But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis".

The White House reportedly has a list of about 12 suspects.

Although the writer says they support the administration's objectives, they say that its successes have come in spite of the president, who is described as impulsive, erratic and amoral, someone whose "misguided impulses" need to be controlled for the good of the US.

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