New York Times Beefs Up Security Amid Anonymous Op-Ed Controversy
- Author: Jon Douglas Sep 09, 2018,
Sep 09, 2018, 16:39
The White House has a list of 12 people whom they believe could have anonymously penned the explosive New York Times op-ed, an outside adviser told the newspaper Thursday night. "I would say Jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece is because I really believe it is national security", he added.
There were shocking claims this week of chaos and dissent within his administration, but President Trump has managed to turn the bad headlines into a rallying call ahead of November's midterm elections. If the person has a high-level security clearance, he said: "I don't want him in those meetings".
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she wished Trump "would put the same vigor into getting to the bottom of what Russian Federation has been doing to our country in the elections".
"In the same interview, Trump said he'd "shut down the government over border security in a second" if it were up to him and that he doesn't think Nike's endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick is appropriate".
Mr Trump described his administration as a "well-oiled machine", a contrast to the description offered by his anonymous colleague in the Times.
"The "New York Times" should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed", said his spokesman.
But it's where we are after a week in which the first look at Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House" painted a picture of a President deeply out of his depth and out of the loop. While he didn't name names, he predicted that the identity would be become public and said people think it's "disgusting" the piece would be published.
It all started with the release of extracts from Bob Woodward's new book with claims that staff removed documents from President Trump's desk to prevent him from making rash and potentially unsafe decisions.
Trump's lawyers and supporters have argued that as president he is empowered not only to hire and fire whomever he chooses but that he can also inject himself into law enforcement matters.
That's probably because White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out the Times' phone number and told her followers to call the opinion desk.
The president noted that all of the top administration officials have already denied authorship of the letter.
As one high level administration official after the other released scathing statements denying they were the wordsmith culprit, Trump appears to have bought the rebuttals.
"There are Republican stalwarts of the swamp who never came around to support the president", Caputo said.