'Trump will go nuclear': Pundits respond to anonymous 'coup' published by NYT
Sep 07 2018
First Lady Melania Trump issued a rare statement condemning the anonymous "deep state" official who submitted an op-ed to the New York Times.
Pompeo said it "shouldn't surprise anyone" that the New York Times chose to print "such a piece" and if the piece actually was written by a top United States official the outlet "should not have chosen to take a disgruntled, deceptive, bad actor's word for anything".
"This means, this whole time, we've been dealing with the watered-down version of Trump?" he said. "Frankly the word of the New York Times is not worth taking".
The opinion column, published yesterday, prompted the Republican president to blast the anonymous writer and the news outlet, and further fuelled accusations by critics that Mr Trump was unstable and unfit for the presidency.
In addition, excerpts from a new book written by journalist Bob Woodward detail several scenarios in which frustrated officials have allegedly sought to block Trump's decisions.
The official's piece described a "two-track" presidency in which Trump says one thing and his staff consciously does another, citing the president's alleged preference "for autocrats and dictators". Vice President Mike Pence's office said it was "above such amateur acts".
It describes aides in the TrumpWhite House as orchestrating an "administrative coup d'etat" by plucking documents off his desk to keep him from seeing and signing them.
The White House press secretary's job is to answer questions from the press and, yes, spin them in ways that make her boss, President Donald Trump, happy.
A "very small number of people within the Times who know this person's identity", Dao reportedly said, adding that the company had spoken with the senior official directly.
It said some officials had worked from within to frustrate parts of Trump's agenda and protect the country from his worst impulses. "I would know. I am one of them".
In a "House of Cards"-style plot twist in an already over-the-top administration, Trump allies and political insiders scrambled to unmask the writer".
"In serving in this administration", Mattis concludes, "the idea that I would show contempt for the elected Commander-in-Chief, President Trump, or tolerate disrespect to the office of the President from within our Department of Defense, is a product of someone's rich imagination". It's like there's a sign that says 'In case of emergency, break glass, ' but these guys are like, 'I mean we could break the glass, but then there'd be glass everywhere.
The NYTimes opinion piece, written by an anonymous senior official within the White House, said: "President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader".