Trump speculates about the author of "unfair" piece published this week

Trump speculates about the author of

Trump speculates about the author of "unfair" piece published this week

"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", he said.

Trump called on the Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to open an investigation, citing national security concerns. Trump is arguing it is essential to US national security to find out who the author is.

A top Trump administration economist told Yahoo Finance that the anonymous op-ed by a senior official in the Trump administration and published by the New York Times "might be a fraud".

"Supposing I have a high-level national security, and he has got a clearance, we talked about clearances a lot recently, and he goes into a high-level meeting concerning China or Russian Federation or North Korea or something", he said.

In a tweet, Trump also questioned the existence of the author writing, "Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official" really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?"

In his own piece, McCarthy describes the anonymous op-ed as "shocking", albeit unsurprising as a "permanent political class" desperately attempts to regain its waning power in the Trump era.

In an interview with Fox News broadcast on Friday, Trump blasted the newspaper for printing the op-ed, which said cabinet members had even considered declaring Trump unfit to lead and beginning the process of ousting him via an amendment to the Constitution.

"I don't mind criticism, I handle it, and I fight back", said Trump, according to CNN. "That somebody is allowed to do that is very sad commentary", Trump said onboard Air Force One.

President Donald Trump's reaction was a combination of rage and self-pity.

It all started with the release of extracts from Bob Woodward's new book with claims that staff removed documents from President Trump's desk to prevent him from making rash and potentially risky decisions.

"We believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic", the official wrote.

Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House", a 448-page account of an out-of-control administration set to hit bookshelves next week, draws on hundreds of hours of insider interviews.

"The "New York Times" should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed", said his spokesman. He also unleashed on Trump's border wall, lack of emergency response after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and immigration laws.

"It is very, very important that whoever released that go to jail, because you can not have members of the intelligence community listening to the most private and highly classified information and then releasing that to The New York Times", Paul said.

As one high level administration official after the other released scathing statements denying they were the wordsmith culprit, Trump appears to have bought the rebuttals.

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