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Melania Trump says op-ed author 'sabotaging' country

07 September 2018

In a New York Times editorial, the author said President Trump's "amorality" and "impulsiveness" had led to ill-informed and reckless decisions. Trump tweeted Wednesday. "If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

They argued that the op-ed underscored the president's assessment that the establishment is seeking to block his agenda with tactics that do not appeal to average voters. Not a lot of people use that word. I don't think so, but this is fascinating.

"I come from a place that if you are not in the position to execute the commander's intent, you have a singular option, it is to leave". Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) quickly pointed out that the piece does not actually qualify as treason under the Constitution's definition. Following so quickly on the heels of the Woodward book, however, the New York Times essay will make for a one-two punch that will be hard to shake off.

"The media's wild obsession with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation [sic] of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and support President Trump. It's a collaboration that results in good policy".

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Julian Zelizer: "Well, it is and it isn't, in that it's clear that it seems, at least, high-level officials are working to subvert the president or to trick the president or to distract the president". James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.). He added that he thought it was wrong of the Times not to identify the piece's author. "Who is to blame for hiring these people, Corey?" "It's common currency up here". "You may be the paper of record, but it's a broken one". "I can. I'll tell you something - it's no fun at all". "Don't do it anonymously.' It can hurt journalism more than the president". The @nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed.

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

It comes the day after excerpts from a tell-all book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward were published, quoting Trump's chief of staff John Kelly saying the White House was "Crazytown".

Washington has been in a guessing game over the identity of the author of the op-ed, and several Trump administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, have issued denials.

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Many GOP responses fit a familiar pattern of the Trump presidency, with Republicans rebuffing criticism of Trump to point to his record.

The op-ed represents a shocking critique of Trump and is without precedent in modern American history. "He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS". "Whoever the president is, they need loyalty".

Woodward repeatedly requested an interview with Trump for the book, but did not succeed.

He said it's a situation in which the rules have to be made on the fly. "But over time his base is shrinking".

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"Now, and The New York Times is failing", Trump said. Nothing new has occurred.

Melania Trump says op-ed author 'sabotaging' country