First Lady Melania Trump accused the author of an anonymous attack on her husband in The New York Times opinion pages about "sabotaging" the country.
The author of the article, known to the newspaper but described only as a senior administration official, described President Donald Trump as "amoral" and reckless, and said that a "silent resistance" had been formed among the top aides to thwart their most wrong actions.
"People without names are writing the history of our nation," the first lady said in a statement. "Words are important and accusations can lead to serious consequences."
He added that anyone bold enough to make such accusations should "back up their words" instead of hiding behind anonymity.
"For the writer of the opinion article, he is not protecting this country, he is sabotaging it with his cowardly actions," he said.
White House spokesman Sanders urges people to call NYT through an opinion piece
Meanwhile, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders urged people to call the Op-Ed phone number of the New York Times to discover the identity of the anonymous author.
In a message posted on Twitter, she condemned the publication of the article and published the telephone number of the New York Times opinion counter.
"Nearly 62 million people voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016," the tweet said. "None of them voted for an anonymous and meaningless source to the failed New York Times."
"If you want to know who this senseless loser is, call the NYT opinion desk that fails, they are the only accomplices in this deceptive act, we join and fully support our President Donald J. Trump."
Trump used a similar tactic to filter the number of reviews on mobile phones during the 2016 campaign, forcing South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to change their number.
Ethics chief says that Sarah Sanders should be attacked by Twitter
Two former White House ethics chiefs said Ms. Sander's tweet violates federal ethics laws and the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Richard Painter was a senior ethics attorney under former President George W. Bush. He said that Ms. Sanders' action is a misuse of her official position and that she should be fired.
"A press secretary who attacks a newspaper in this way and encourages rabid supporters to harass the newspaper is misusing its official position," said Mr. Painter's tweet.
"This is a direct affront to the First Amendment, I should be fired, but again, your boss makes it even worse.
The president of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics watchdog group in Washington, Norm Eisen, said Ms. Sanders' tweet is a violation of the federal ethics law.
He was also an ethics officer under former President Barack Obama.
"A government official who encourages the public to flood the phones of a private corporation and a media outlet with harassing calls, openly interfering with their work, is a violation of the" Misuse of Position "prohibition in 5 CFR 2635.702, "Eisen said in the tweet" Oh, the 1st Amendment is also relevant. "
The Times has said that it will maintain the author's anonymity because he or she is "a senior Trump administration official whose identity we know and whose work could be compromised by its disclosure."
The unsigned piece seemed to reinforce the claims made in the new book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward, who describes a White House clique and cabinet officials with similar plans to prevent Trump from making decisions detrimental to the economy and national security of the United States.
The writer of the Times opinion article suggests that the dissidence and resistance within the Trump White House are even deeper than what Woodward described.
The official said that at the beginning of the administration, some officials quietly discussed the invocation of the 25th amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which allows the dismissal of a president judged incapable of performing his duties.
"But nobody wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis, we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until, in one way or another, it's over."
– with AFP.