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Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo deny writing explosive op-ed attacking Trump

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Hannah Rogers | 07 September, 2018, 04:05

Pushing back against explosive reports his own administration is conspiring against him, President Donald Trump lashed out against the anonymous senior official who wrote a New York Times opinion piece claiming to be part of a "resistance" working "from within" to thwart his most risky impulses.

Top Trump administration officials say they are not the writer of a New York Times opinion piece sharply critical of President Donald Trump.

Yesterday the New York Times released an op-ed written by an unnamed author.

A spokesperson for Pence dismissed any notion that the vice-president had written the article, writing that "the vice-president puts his name on his op-eds" and that "our office is above such amateur acts".

Lee also wrote an op-ed declaring that Trump is a "dangerous leader".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during a trip to India, told reporters "it's not mine", and denounced the Times for publishing the anonymous article that indicates Trump may be facing the prospect of revolt within his own administration. "In South Carolina, when the New York Times speaks, most people don't listen".

They said that some parts of the presidency had been successful, such as tax reform, however they were 'despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective'.

Mr Trump seethed about the piece and presented it as one more jab from the ranks of disgruntled critics in denial about his presidential successes, even as Washington was consumed with speculation about who wrote it.

A spokesman for Pence said the vice president does not write anonymous opinion columns.

Following reports on excerpts of famed reporter Bob Woodward's new White House exposé, President Donald Trump is pointing his vexation at White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and former National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Vanity Fair reported.

A "very small number of people within the Times who know this person's identity", Dao reportedly said, adding that the company had spoken with the senior official directly.

Trump wrote, "Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official" really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?"

"I think I want to know who's saying what before I make any judgment", Grassley said.

The author says that he/she isn't a liberal operative and agrees with numerous policy goals the administration is pursuing, but that those goals are being achieved in spite of - and not because of - the president.

There have been previous reports by journalists and former White House staffers of upheaval in the White House West Wing since Trump's January 2017 inauguration.

That led to a Times reporter, Jodi Kantor, tweeting that "Times reporters must now try to unearth the identity of an author that our colleagues in Opinion have sworn to protect with anonymity?"

In a blistering statement, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the author of choosing to "deceive" the president by remaining in the administration.

Sanders tweeted that the media's "wild obsession" with the identity is "recklessly tarnishing" the reputation of thousands of "great Americans". "Don't worry, we will win!"

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