White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told the media that they were trying to decipher the identity of the mystery officer behind an anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times to call the publication on Thursday and stop bothering the advisers. Trump.
"The wild obsession of the media with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump," he said in a tweet.
The president's spokeswoman, who was not expected to hold a formal briefing this week, said: If you want to know who this senseless loser is, call the NYT opinion desk that fails at 212-556-1234, and ask them . They are the only accomplices in this deceptive act.
"We remain united and fully support our President Donald J. Trump," the statement on his Twitter account reads.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told the media that they are trying to decipher the identity of the mystery officer behind an anonymous opinion piece from the New York Times to call the publication and stop bothering Trump's advisors.
LEAVE US ALONE! Sanders has not had a formal press conference in more than two weeks and did not expect to do it again on Thursday.
Cabinet secretaries and their spokespersons were inundated with requests on Thursday to comment on the shocking opinion piece and promise it was not written by them.
Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, were some of the top government officials who flatly denied that they were the anonymous writer of the essay that describes a conspiracy within the administration to prevent President Donald Trump derails the country.
New York Times executives within the news division said Thursday they do not know who that person is, and there was a debate over whether their reporters should participate in the persecution.
Executive editor Dean Baquet was among the executives left out of the loop when the editorial division, which functions as a separate entity, issued an unusual opinion, Vanity Fair reported.
Trump has launched a massive hunt for the author of a scandalous piece that revealed that members of his own administration are trying to thwart him.
He said in a tweet that the author can be a traitor, since the act could be treason.
The president unloaded on the anonymous official as & # 39; gutless & # 39; at a Wednesday event that was supposed to be a celebration of the sheriffs of the United States. He continued to obsess over the issue until late afternoon and early Thursday morning on Twitter.
Reports indicated that the president has become increasingly paranoid about who he can trust in the wake of the book bombs of journalists Bob Woodard and Michael Wolff and former friend and White House official Omarosa Manigault Newman.
Even the president's wife had issued a statement denouncing the opinion article on Thursday afternoon, while speculation revolved around the author could be Melania Trump.
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Attorney General Jeff Session deny authorship of the Times article.
A Justice spokesman told CNN it was not Sessions. His spokesman directed DailyMail.com to Sanders' statement asking reporters to call the NYT in response to a consultation on both Sessions and Rod Rosenstein, the assistant attorney general.
Vice President Pence flatly denies that he is the author of the anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said it's not mine & # 39;
Pence's office tweeted a denial
Pence's refusal was especially notable after online speculations about who wrote the piece that was reduced to the vice president, which makes the odds of being the author the favorite.
Jarrod Agen, deputy chief of staff and director of communications for Pence, tweeted that the vice president "puts his name in his opinion articles."
& # 39; The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds. The @nytimes should be ashamed and also the person who wrote the false, illogical and without content opinion article. Our office is above such amateur acts, "he wrote Thursday morning.
And Pompeo told reporters during a visit to India that it was not him either.
"It's not mine," he said, according to the Associated Press.
"I come from a place where, if you're not in a position to execute the commander's intention, you have a singular option, it's to leave," said Pompeo.
And Coats published a statement denying that he or his deputy wrote the piece.
"The speculation that the New York Times op-ed was written by me or my Principal Deputy is obviously false, we did not do it, since the beginning of our term, we have insisted that the entire IC remain focused on our mission of providing to the president and legislators the best possible intelligence, "he said.
& # 39; @ stevenmnuchin1 has the honor of serving @POTUS and the American people. Feel that it was irresponsible for @nytimes to print this anonymous piece. Now, worthy public servants are forced to deny being the source. It's ridiculous to think that this could come from the Secretary, "tweeted Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh of Mnuchin.
"Secretary Nielsen focuses on leading the men and women of DHS and protecting the homeland, not writing anonymous and false pieces of opinion for the New York Times This type of political attack is below the Secretary and the mission of the Department" said press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton.
"Haha, no," said a spokesman for Carson.
A Pentagon spokesman denied that it was Mattis.
"It was not his opinion piece," spokesman Dana White said.
The director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, denied writing The Times.
Trump says that a "deep state" is working against him
Who wrote the piece has become Washington's new guessing game and even the president is playing.
But a new report in Axios revealed that Trump had worried about the leaks long before Woodward's latest revelations and the Times article.
The president took the handwritten list from the filterators for some time last year.
"Basically I would say:" We have to get rid of them. "Snakes are everywhere, but we're getting rid of them," a source close to Trump told the publication.
Another source said that Trump would examine the back seats of the Roosevelt Room during a meeting and look at the assembled attendees.
"One day, after one of those meetings, he said:" Everything that just happened is going to leak in. I do not know any of those people in the room … He was very paranoid about this & # 39;, depending on the version.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin denies authorship, as is Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson are denying authorship
The Secretary of National Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, denies being the author
A friend of Trump told the Washington Post triumph that he believes he can only trust his children.
The president reacted to the Times issue with "volcanic" anger and was "absolutely livid," The Post reported.
Trump suspects that the author works on national security issues or at the Department of Justice.
And the president is publicly expressing his frustration over the fact that his own administration is working against him, affirming again that he is a victim of the "deep state".
"The deep State and the left, and their vehicle, the fake news media, are going crazy, and they do not know what to do," he wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning.
The guessing game has been extended to Capitol Hill.
"I think that through the process of elimination we will see the butler," the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, joked with the journalists.
The New York Times opinion piece describes the president as "impetuous, adversary, petty and ineffective" and says that the author is part of an organized "resistance" whose goal is "to preserve our democratic institutions while they are frustrated." [President] The most mistaken impulses of Trump until he is out of the office.
A few hours after its publication, Wednesday's online chat quickly focused on Pence as observers focused on a line describing the late Senator John McCain as "a polar star to restore honor in public life and our national dialogue. "
That word – lodestar – is a favorite of the vice president. But a senior White House official told DailyMail.com that the suspicions are not focused on him or anyone in his office after a frank discussion among the senior staff of the vice president.
The official suspect & # 39; lodestar & # 39; It was included intentionally in the opinion article to get the journalists out of oblivion.
The term means & a star that guides or guides & # 39; or & # 39; serves as inspiration, model or guide & # 39;
And it was a trend on Twitter.
Word by word, the Times' essay has been separated for clues as to who wrote it with conjectures ranging from administration figures like Defense Secretary James Mattis or Attorney General Jeff Sessions to smarter contenders like First Lady Melania. Trump to funny memes on social networks.
Apart from that, there are few clues about the identity of the person.
The Times called the author a "senior Trump administration official," which could describe hundreds of people, whether helpers in the west wing or senior staff in a cabinet department.
An important clue may have been discarded by the Times itself in a tweet, which described the author as a & # 39; him & # 39 ;.
It is said that President Trump is on the hunt for the writer
Witch hunt: social network pranksters mocked Trump's furious search for the anonymous person who wrote the op-ed in the New York Times
A spokeswoman for The Times later told Business Insider that the pronoun was a mistake that should not be read as a clue.
"Top opinion editors know the identity of the official, as we noted in our editor's note," Danielle Ha said in an email. & # 39; The tweet was written by someone who does not know the author's identity, including gender, so the use of & # 39; He was a mistake & # 39;
It is difficult to distinguish from the piece what level of access the official had for the president. Although it describes the meetings with the president, it stays away from offering specific information that could point to the level of the writer's security clearance.
The author also makes fun of his political allegiance, saying that they were not part of a "resistance of the left". and supported some of Trump's policies.
References to McCain and foreign policy have led to speculation that it could be someone working in the field of national security.
The names mentioned include James Mattis, John Kelly, Jeff Sessions and Dan Coats.
Others made the seemingly implausible suggestion that the writer might have come from the Trump family, pointing a finger at Ivanka or her husband Jared Kushner, and even Melania.
Other random names have been suggested for the piece, including first lady, Melania Trump.
And Ivanka Trump
Trump himself called the screenwriter & # 39; gutless & # 39; and called on the newspaper to reveal identity in the name of national security.
"Is there really the so-called 'senior administration official', or is it simply The Failing New York Times with another fake source?" Trump tweeted hours after the newspaper published a brutal opinion essay. which, according to the newspaper, was written by one of its senior officials.
"If the anonymous GUTLESS person exists, the Times must, for reasons of national security, deliver it to the government immediately."
He has already ordered loyal collaborators to identify the sources of Woodward's book, and this investigation could be expanded to cover the Times article, CNN reported.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked the author to "do the right thing and resign."
In an online introduction, the Times says that the author's identity is known to us and the person's work would be compromised by its disclosure. We believe that publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to offer an important perspective to our readers. "
The essay describes a "silent resistance" that, by its very nature, has been kept secret, but is not designed to bring down Trump, only to stop his worst impulses.
"Ours is not the popular resistance on the left," writes the author. "We want the administration to be successful and we believe that many of its policies have already made the United States safer. and more prosperous. "
"But we believe that our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner detrimental to the health of our republic."
Then, instead of risking the invocation of Amendment 25 of the Constitution, the prescribed route to remove a president, boasts that we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until, one way or another, it's over & # 39;
Who wrote the opinion article of the New York Times & # 39; Trump & # 39; resistance & # 39 ;?
Pence speaks by mobile phone before attending the Republican politics luncheon in Washington DC on September 5
Mike Pence – NEGA
Detectives perfected the word & lodestar & # 39 ;, a favorite of the vice president. The author of the editorial described the late Senator John McCain as "a polar star to restore honor in public life and in our national dialogue."
Others suggested that the word, which means the guiding star of a ship, could have been included deliberately to get the journalists off the trail.
This was the verdict of a senior White House official who spoke with Dailymail.com. He said that the suspicions are not focused on him or anyone in his office after a frank discussion among the senior staff of the vice president.
Pence has never criticized Trump in public. Writing the opinion article almost certainly will ruin any future offer for a high position. And your communications director he has publicly denied it, saying that Pence would always sign his own work.
If & # 39; lodestar & # 39; it was not an intentional red harangue, others speculated, the suspicion could fall on Pence's speech writer.
But the use of the word VP goes back at least to 2001. Ford, a young rising star in Washington's conservative circles, was in third grade that year.
Mattis gesticulates during a press conference at the Pentagon on May 19, 2017
James Mattis – NEGA
The Secretary of Defense, despite being a favorite of Trump, has repeatedly sounded in disagreement with the commander-in-chief while discussing NATO, Russia and military strategy.
During an episode of Bob Woodward's recent book, "Fear," Trump questioned the ability of US early warning systems. UU In Alaska to identify a nuclear attack by North Korea.
It is said that Mattis instructed him. "We are doing this to avoid World War III," he said.
According to reports, the Pentagon chief told his colleagues after the incident that Trump had the mental capacity of "a fifth or sixth grade student."
Mattis has denied the version, saying in a statement: "The derogatory words about the president that are attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence."
A Pentagon spokesman denied writing the Times article. "It was not his opinion piece," spokesman Dana White said.
Kelly at the White House on August 20
The White House chief of staff was also cited in Woodward's book for calling Trump an "idiot."
& # 39; There is no point in trying to convince him of anything. It has left the tracks, "he said supposedly.
& # 39; We're in Crazytown. I do not even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I have ever had. "
Kelly denied making the statements, in a statement issued by the White House.
"The idea that I once called the president is not true, in fact it's the exact opposite," he said. "This is a pathetic attempt to defame people close to President Trump and distract him from his many successes."
The sessions talk about immigration and law enforcement at Lackawanna College on June 15, 2018
Jeff Sessions – NEGA
The attorney general has a reason to injure his boss after Trump punished him repeatedly in public for having withdrawn from the Russian investigation.
And he has been released from Sessions for the charges brought by the Justice Department against two Republican members in Congress, complaining that the accusations hurt the incumbents and jeopardized the ability of the Republican Party to retain its majority in the House.
The president also compared Sessions unfavorably with the FBI director who fired, & # 39; Lyin & # 39; James Comey, saying that they had become martyrs of the same lawmakers who despised them after resisting the president's orders.
Woodward writes that Sessions called Trump "mentally retarded," which also encountered severe denial.
A Department of Justice spokesperson denies that Session has written the NYT opinion article.
Coats addresses the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on July 19
Dan Coats – NEGA
The director of national intelligence also deviated from Trump's loyal line.
When informed of the president's plan to invite Vladimir Putin to the White House, Coats angered the president by saying: "That's going to be special."
He later "clarified" his comments, made during an interview at the Aspen Institute's safety forum in Colorado, saying that his response "was in no way intended to be disrespectful or to criticize the president's actions."
Trump received strong criticism from Republicans and Democrats for his summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, where he seemed reluctant to blame Russia for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
Coats published a statement in which he denied that he or his assistant had written the piece.
McGahn is interviewed at a conference in Gaylord, Maryland, on February 22
The White House lawyer plans to leave the White House in the fall, so he should not fear the consequences of the exposure as an anti-Trumper secret.
He has also confronted the president in the past.
This includes rejecting an order to dismiss Robert Mueller, who oversees the Russian investigation that Trump describes as a "witch hunt."
McGahn risked the president's anger by spending 30 hours in interviews with Mueller's team on three separate occasions.
Melania and Ivanka observe before the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in Hempstead, New York
Melania or Ivanka? – MELANIA DENIED
The first lady is an unlikely candidate for the authorship of the Times essay.
Twitter commentators pointed out that she had already been accused of telegraphing coded messages that gave public indications of opposition to her husband's policies.
This included wearing a jacket that said, "I do not really care, right?" when they visit shelters for illegal immigrant children.
Melania Trump denied the authorship on Thursday, saying in a statement: "For the writer of the oped, he is not protecting this country, he is sabotaging it with his cowardly actions."
Ivanka Trump said earlier that she would work to ensure that her voice was heard through her father's policies, but apparently she did not, especially in the case of family separations along the border between Mexico and the United States, which she opposed "vehemently".
Her husband, Jared, is a senior advisor and may also be involved, but it is very likely that anyone in Trump's family will sell him.