Melania Trump Releases Statement on Anonymous Op Ed

Melania Trump Releases Statement on Anonymous Op Ed

Published on Wednesday in the New York Times, the anonymous senior member of the Trump administration claimed that the president is unfit for office and that staff member have banded together to quash his most risky impulses.

"The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected president of the United States", she writes.

First lady Melania Trump reportedly bashed the anonymity of the writer in a statement to a CNN reporter.

When Ingraham began saying she anxious about aides working in the administration who do not "buy into the Trump agenda", Conway said, "I hear you".

Trump describes the editorial as "gutless". And they were published a day after the release of details from an explosive new book by longtime journalist Bob Woodward that laid bare concerns among the highest echelon of Trump aides about the president's judgment.

In case you missed the fireworks, a senior administration official wrote a damning op-ed about Donald Trump in The New York Times today.

The critical spotlight on Trump's leadership comes just two months before midterm elections in which his fellow Republicans are seeking to maintain control of Congress.

With such a wide circle of potential suspicion, Trump's men and women felt they had no choice but to speak out.

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Trump, appearing at an unrelated event Wednesday at the White House, lashed out at the Times for publishing the op-ed.

For those unaware, the article published on Wednesday was allegedly written by a senior official in Trump's administration and claims members of his staff are actively working to undermine his actions when officials believe they may pose a risk to national security.

In a parade of disavowals of the article, Pompeo said on a trip to India that he was not the author, while representatives for Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said they were not the authors either. In Washington, the claims of "not me" echoed from Vice President Pence's office, from Energy Secretary Rick Perry, from Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman from Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, and other Cabinet members.

Vice President Mike Pence's office also denied on Thursday that he is the senior administration official behind the opinion essay. If the Times learns the identity, it could raise serious questions about the newspaper's ability to protect a confidential source among people who don't know - or don't believe - that one part of the newspaper will keep important information away from another.

Colbert discussed the piece further with his guest, former secretary of state John Kerry, who said the implications of the article "scared the hell out of him".

The writer describes the president as "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective". The White House is not immediately responding to a request for comment.

Sanders tweeted that the media's "wild obsession" with the identity is "recklessly tarnishing" the reputation of thousands of "great Americans". "Stop", she wrote on Twitter. "It is laughable to think this could come from the secretary", spokesman Tony Sayegh said on Twitter. But some also expressed a desire to pull together and counter those who want to exacerbate the sense of mistrust. The person was identified only as a "senior administration official", although a tweet about the story used the pronoun "he".

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