Anonymous White House op-ed sparks Twitter jokes, parodies

James Dao, the newspaper's op-ed editor, said in the Times' daily podcast that while an intermediary brought him together with the author, he conducted a background check and spoke to the person to the point that he was "totally confident" in the identity.

Officials told the news outlet that Trump is deeply suspicious about much of the government he oversees - including some of the most senior political appointees and hand-picked aides at the White House. "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable. A wounded lion is a very risky animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded". She said no one approached the Post to hawk the column.

Moving to squelch internet speculation, Pence's spokesman said the vice president did not write the article.

A single mention of the word "lodestar" in the op-ed prompted theories that the senior official in question was Vice President Mike Pence, who used the term in previous speeches.

The piece was published online Wednesday by The New York Times.

A pair of West Wing representatives contacted her two separate times on the same day because they believed the president was "unravelling".

All that the Times will admit regarding the author's identity is that it is a "senior official in the Trump administration". "People are going to look at that and go, 'Worse-case scenario there's someone who's a turncoat in there'".

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

But opposition has also led Times reporters to uncover important facts about the president's cozy relationships with dictators, his family's and senior staff members' conflicts of interest and self-dealing, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. "Bob Woodward has been criticized in the past and criticized by the president for fictionalizing.they have lots of people in the Trump administration saying it's not true and it relies on anonymous sources".

On Wednesday, visibly angry at a White House event, Mr Trump called the Times article a "gutless editorial" and in a later tweet he suggested it was treasonous.

The denials and condemnations came in from far and wide: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis denied authorship on a visit to India, Interior Secretary Ryan Zeinke from American Samoa.

"I had not mentioned this before because I did not want to confuse my role as an educator to the public", Lee said when pressed about why she did not speak out sooner.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders encouraged Americans to flood the New York Times switchboard in protest over an anonymous op-ed from a member of the Trump Administration. "This is just another example of the liberal media's concerted effort to discredit the President", she said.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, a fierce Trump critic, called the op-ed "active insubordination. born out of loyalty to the country". "When Donald Trump says something he expects others to believe it is reality even if it is completely fabricated".

The op-ed - titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" - claims to be written by someone who, along with other "like-minded colleagues", has "vowed to thwart parts" of Donald Trump's agenda and "his worst inclinations".

  • Salvatore Jensen