Trump demands the New York Times unmask the anonymous op-ed author

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Grin Ivanka apparently unfazed by the reports of a fight between her and Bannon flashed a wide smile as she walked from her house to the Secret Service SUV waiting for her

Following the publication of a scathing op-ed from an anonymous senior Trump administration official, The New York Times refused to disclose any identifiable information about its source.

It describes aides in the Trump White House as orchestrating an "administrative coup d'etat" by plucking documents off his desk to keep him from seeing and signing them.

Other Republicans cast the author of the op-ed as a renegade whose anonymous status undercut any credibility. "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable".

The director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, released a statement denying that he or his top deputy wrote the piece. "Anonymous. Meaning gutless. A gutless editorial", he said.

Let's just hope this saga doesn't end like this. Language in the article, including the unusual word "lodestar", was the subject of wide online speculation and language searches.

"You should not be lapping up the benefits of being a senior administration official, no doubt while scouting for lucrative opportunities for when you leave your post", she said.

Trump told a raucous crowd of supporters: "Nobody knows who the hell he is, or she, but for the sake of our national security, the New York Times should publish his name at once".

"If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves", she wrote.

"It probably won't take long for us to find out who wrote it".

Pompeo criticized Times for publishing the piece, saying it "shouldn't surprise anyone" that the "liberal" newspaper chose to print it.

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The nearly 1,000-word opinion piece released Wednesday afternoon described "many senior officials' at high levels of the administration working to "frustrate parts of [President Trump's] agenda and his worst inclinations".

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also issued denials.

The anonymous New York Times column published Wednesday described a culture of "quiet resistance" toward the president within the White House, with aides subtly ignoring or blocking his decisions when they believe him to be acting dangerously.

Trump responded with fury, on Twitter and in comments at public events at the White House, calling it a "gutless editorial".

The anonymous piece from the senior administration official bashed president Donald Trump as incompetent, chaotic, and erratic.

Mike Pompeo, speaking from Delhi, addressed the matter directly. Reading off a list, he said nobody had matched his administration's accomplishments, touting the country's economic gains since his election.

"I'm not sure it matters", Conway said. The author calls Trump "anti-trade and anti-democratic".

He predicted some day when he was not president, the New York Times and CNN "and all of these phony media outlets will be out of business". "Today, we temporarily blocked accounts that shared this information until they deleted the Tweet that violated our rules", a Twitter spokesperson said at the time.

During a campaign appearance in Billings, Montana, Trump also praised Greg Gianforte, the Republican congressman who physically attacked the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs a year ago, as "a fighter and a winner".

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