President Donald Trump is ordering an authentic witch hunt, this time in the corridors of the west wing in the wake of Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear," and a scandalous and anonymous editorial about his administration that appears in the New York Times.
He is asking loyal collaborators to find out who leaked the White House's private conversations to the Washington Post reporter, CNN reported, but it is likely to expand to try to uncover what top Trump administration officials are. he wrote in The Times about the efforts from within to thwart the "worst inclinations" of the president.
"Many of the senior officials of their own administration are working diligently from within to thwart parts of their agenda and their worst inclinations, I would like to know, I am one of them," the official wrote in The Times.
President Trump is demanding to know who is leaking in his administration
The journalist Bob Woodward in the lobby of Trump Tower on January 3, 2017
"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," the official added.
Trump wants to know who is talking.
"He wants to know who spoke with Woodward," an administration official told CNN.
It is said that he suspects that the former national security adviser H.R. McMaster and former economic chief counsel Gary Cohn are among those who spoke with the Washington Post journalist for his tome "Fear", which goes on sale on Tuesday.
Several names are being cast as the possible anonymous writer in the New York Times article.
Wednesday's online chat quickly focused on Vice President Mike Pence as linguistic analysts focused on a line describing the late Sen. John McCain as a "polar star" to restore honor in public life and in our dialogue. National & # 39;
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.
When it comes to negative stories involving the west wing, the president analyzes how energetically helpers respond to them.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson never denied calling Trump "imbecile" and a former senior White House official told CNN that Trump "never forgave him for it."
Tillerson was fired in March.
The president has also noticed the silence of many other former government officials when it comes to denying Woodward's book, which has topped Amazon.com.
Trump has personally criticized both Woodward's book and the "no gutles" writer of The Times' op-ed.
The White House issued a strong response to the Times article.
About 62 million people voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016, which earned him 306 votes in the Electoral College, compared to 232 for his opponent. None of them voted for an anonymous and meaningless source to the failed New York Times. We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the newspaper chose to publish this article of opinion pathetic, reckless and selfish. This is a new minimum for the so-called 'registration document', and I should issue an apology, 'White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
"This is just another example of the concerted effort of the liberal media to discredit the president," he added.
She also called the writer to resign.
"The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States, He is not putting the country first, but putting himself and his ego above the will of the American people. This coward should do the right thing and resign. "
Several observers pointed out that The Times referred to the author as "he" in a tweet about the piece, which led many to suppose that the opinion article was written by a man.
But Danielle Rhoades Ha, a newspaper spokeswoman, told Business Insider that it was a mistake.
The book by Woodward & # 39; Fear & # 39; goes on sale on September 11
The officials of Trump and the White House have insisted a lot on the book by Bob Woodward
"Top opinion editors know the identity of the official, as we noted in our editor's note," Ha said. "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;
Trump publicly expressed his satisfaction at the fact that White House chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued strong denials about the appointments that Woodward had attributed to them.
& Gen. Mattis has come out very, very strong … He felt insulted by the comments that were attributed to him, "said Trump," John Kelly, the same, he was insulted by what they said. "I could not believe what they were saying.
Woodward cited Kelly beating Trump after a fuse exploded during a meeting.
– He is an idiot. There is no point in trying to convince him of anything. He has left the railing, Kelly said, in Woodward's words. & # 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 responded to the claims by saying in a statement: "The idea that I once called the president is not true, in fact it is the exact opposite … This is a pathetic attempt to defame people close to President Trump and distract him from his many successes. "
In another episode described in 'Fear', Trump questioned the usefulness of the US early warning systems. UU In Alaska to identify a nuclear attack by North Korea.
When Trump asked about it, Mattis instructed him: "We are doing this to avoid World War III."
Mattis then told his colleagues that Trump had the mental capacity of "a fifth or sixth grade student," according to Woodward's sources.
On Tuesday he denied the version and said: "The derogatory words about the president that are attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence, although in general I enjoy reading fiction, this is a unique brand of literature Washington, and its anonymous sources do not give it credibility. "
Sanders said on & # 39; Good Morning America & # 39; that Woodward's book is based on the claims of anonymous sources and disgruntled former employees. "This is just another repetition of pure fiction," he said.
Woodward said he remains true to his reports.