Judith Miller: The anonymous op-ed in the NY Times merited publication

Judith Miller: The anonymous op-ed in the NY Times merited publication

Judith Miller: The anonymous op-ed in the NY Times merited publication

"The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane - & they don't know what to do", he tweeted on Thursday morning. "That would actually be a good scoop", Trump said to cheers from the crowd.

On the Internet and in Washington, a guessing game has raged over who the author might be, prompting almost every cabinet-ranked member of the government to deny it was them.

By early afternoon, eight senior officials had disavowed the piece, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis, while hammering the author for writing it and the Times for publishing it.

Some have taken to dissecting the op-ed in an effort to find who may have written it, but the writer may have accounted for that. His deputy chief of staff said Pence's office is "above such amateur acts".

Lewandowski then inferred that the writer is part of the "deep state" - meaning career government employees - after which Berman had to point out that writer appears to be a high-ranking Trump appointee.

In today's public statements about the op-ed, Trump first complimented Kim Jong Un, who had tossed POTUS a lifeline by proclaiming his "unwavering faith in President Trump".

"I will say that it has not been our practice to do anonymous op-eds for the reason that kind of goes along the lines of.if you are making an argument, you should have the wherewithal and the belief in putting your name to that argument", Marcus said".

Bernstein on Thursday pointed to troubling revelations in Bob Woodward's new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, about the president's volatility, unpredictability, tenuous grasp of facts and impulsive decisions.

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"I come from a place where if you're not in a position to execute the commander's intent, you have a singular option - that is to leave", Mr Pompeo said.

Visibly angry about the Times column on Wednesday at a White House event, Trump called it a "gutless editorial", and in a later tweet, suggested it was treasonous.

When asked if she wrote it, United Nations envoy Nikki Haley responded with a curt "no" on her way to a Security Council meeting. "And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't", it says. At the same time, I can't say whether we would have done it or not, so I don't want to sound churlish.

Republican senators said Thursday that a nameless Trump administration official's op-ed criticizing the president would backfire by emboldening Trump and proving to his strong supporters that the establishment is seeking to stop his agenda.

Such an existential threat and a host of other real or only narrowly averted catastrophic errors are now, with the first taste of Woodward's book, coming into sharp focus.

As investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election grind on, President Trump has tweeted 96 times this year that he is the victim of a "witch hunt".

The tactic echoed something Trump did during the 2016 campaign, when he retaliated against Republican Sen.

During an interview with Fox and Friends, conducted onstage prior to Trump's rally and set to air on Friday, the president called the paper's decision to publish the column "very unfair".

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