Denver Post reacts to anonymous New York Times op-ed

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks from the White House

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks from the White House

President Trump wants his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to figure out who is behind a scathing anonymous New York Times op-ed, which described a "resistance" operating within the Trump administration, defying his worst impulses and desires.

The first could be a political risk, which is why administration members from Vice President Mike Pence on down denied being the op-ed writer this week. "They need to take steps that are more bold".

"He goes into a high level meeting concerning China or Russian Federation or North Korea or something, I don't want him in those meetings", he said.

Staff actively worked to insulate themselves from Trump's "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" leadership style, the writer said.

US President Donald Trump struggled to pronounce the word anonymous during his condemnation of a New York Times column that has thrown the White House into turmoil. But another anxious that it could spur an "Erdogan-style purge" of the self-styled faithful servants of the people. "The snakes are everywhere but we're getting rid of them, '" a person close to Trump told Axios. What if Trump were to replace them with loyalist hacks from the campaign, like Boris Epshteyn?

I got a similar call amid all the calls demanding an answer: "Well, Sarah Sanders left your number so we could complain, but I support the New York Times".

The Times issued a statement saying it was confident the Justice Department 'would not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power'.

As Yashar Ali of New York Magazine noted, Trump officials have been known to purposely copy language of other senior staffers when leaking news in an effort to throw the paranoid president off their trail. I would know. I am one of them.

The op-ed, written by a senior Trump administration official, bashed the President as amoral and claimed there is a "resistance" within the administration.

"The President's threats both underscore why we must safeguard the identity of the writer of this op-ed and serve as a reminder of the importance of a free and independent press to American democracy".

President Trump took to Twitter to question whether there even was an scribe at all.

James Dao, the op-ed editor for the Times, said in the paper's Daily podcast on Thursday, "There's nothing in the piece that strikes me as being relevant to or undermining the national security".

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