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New York Times Trump op-ed denied by senior officials

 

A number of top US officials have denied that they are the author of a damning anonymous editorial that attacks President Donald Trump.

The New York Times article, said to be written by a senior White House official, says Mr Trump’s appointees are trying to stifle his agenda.

There is fierce speculation over who is responsible – with the vice-president among those to deny any involvement.

Mr Trump has described the writer as “gutless” and the newspaper as “phony”.

A spokesman for Vice-President Mike Pence has dismissed claims that he wrote the op-ed, describing it as “false, illogical and gutless”.

Several other cabinet members and top officials have also denied writing the piece.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attacked the writer as a “disgruntled deceptive bad actor”, adding: “I come from a place where if you’re not in a position to execute the commander’s intent, you have a singular option – that is to leave.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin described the anonymous piece as “irresponsible”, while a spokesman for the Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said: “These types of political attacks are beneath the secretary and the department’s mission”.

What’s in the editorial?

The article – entitled I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration – is written by someone the New York Times describes as a senior official in the Trump administration. The paper says the author requested anonymity and that this was essential to deliver an “important perspective” to its readers. Read more

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New York Times Trump op-ed denied by senior officials