Melania Trump Releases Statement on Anonymous Op Ed

Hugh Fox
September 7, 2018

President Trump is pushing back at The New York Times after the newspaper printed an anonymous op-ed reportedly written by "a senior official in the Trump administration".

For those unaware, the article published on Wednesday was allegedly written by a senior official in Trump's administration and claims members of his staff are actively working to undermine his actions when officials believe they may pose a risk to national security.

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In an interview Thursday with Fox News, Trump said it was unfair for the person to pen the editorial anonymously because there's no way to discredit it.

Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other cabinet members have also denied being the author.

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"Nobody knows who the hell he is - or she", Trump said.

"Our office is above such amateur acts".

Trump and his inner circle have been in damage control all week fighting similarly themed revelations contained in Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward's upcoming book, "Fear: Trump in the White House".

President Trump's missteps - ripping children from their parents' arms at the border, dissing America's intelligence community and siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the press conference after their summit in Helsinki, his ugly tweets during Sen. "To the writer of the oped - you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions". Meanwhile, the White House was still reeling from the guilty plea of Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer, and the conviction of Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, on August 21.

The former NY businessman and reality TV star has had an unusually high level of staff turnover and has sometimes publicly criticized his top aides.

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"I mean, you look at this disgusting thing that took place today".

According to Buzzfeed, Pompeo said the anonymous op-ed was "sad" and said The New York Times should not "have chosen to take a disgruntled, deceptive bad actor's word for anything and put it in their newspaper". James Dao, op-ed editor for The Times, told the Daily podcast Thursday he doesn't see any scenario where the Times would give up its source.

However, the writer says no one wants to cause a constitutional crisis.

The Times said the writer is a senior administration official whose job would be at risk if the person's identity were to be made public.

Such an existential threat and a host of other real or only narrowly averted catastrophic errors are now, with the first taste of Woodward's book, coming into sharp focus.

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Her response is in line with President Trump's, who has been calling for the "failing" New York Times to reveal the identity of the author for "national security purposes", even suggesting it's "treason".

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