Trump speculates about the author of "unfair" piece published this week

The author said, "I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", and went on to give an example claiming that aides had to twist Trump's arm to get him to issue sanctions against Russian Federation.

The New York Times acknowledged the extraordinary step of publishing such an anonymous op-ed, saying it did so at the request of the author whose identity is known to the paper.

"Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my Principal Deputy is patently false". "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable". Later, President Trump praised Judge Brett Kavanaugh's progress in winning confirmation to the Supreme Court on Thursday, decrying the "anger and the meanness on the other side - it's sick".

One of the callers allegedly told Lee that whoever wrote the piece should "be hung".

By email, by tweet and on camera, the denials paraded in from Cabinet-level officials - and even Vice President Mike Pence - apparently crafted for an audience of one, seated in the Oval Office.

Let's just hope this saga doesn't end like this.

In addition to the single source, Schrader said this must put "news staff at the New York Times in an incredibly hard position" because they will most likely want to investigate and report who this source is.

"If you want to know who this gutless loser is, call the opinion desk of the failing NYT", Sanders wrote, adding the phone number for the opinion department.

"We're going to see", said Mr Trump, who was on his way to a rally in North Dakota.

John Kelly almost engaged in a "fistfight" with an ICE official whom President Donald Trump invited to the White House.

The text of the op-ed was pulled apart for clues - the writer is identified as an "administration official" - does that mean a person who works outside the White House? "I hope [Trump] knows - maybe he does? - that there are dozens and dozens of us".

"It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say that we don't threaten the freedom of the press because they say things or publish stories we don't like", Obama said.

"It could motivate Trump to pursue the Erdogan-style purge of the bureaucracy that he hasn't pursued yet", said an unnamed Justice Department trial attorney.

Trump told reporters Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should pursue the identity of the New York Times essay writer.

Sen. Chris Coons of DE said, "President Trump continues to show a troubling trend in which he views the Department of Justice as the private legal department of the Trump organization rather than an entity that is focused on respecting the Constitution and enforcing our laws". I think their reporters should go and investigate who it is.

  • Jon Douglas