Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Top Trump aides rush to disavow NYTimes 'resistance' article

Top Trump aides rush to disavow NYTimes 'resistance' article

"When you tell me about some anonymous source within the administration, probably who is failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons - and the New York Times is failing - if I weren't here, I believe the New York Times probably wouldn't even exist", Trump said in a public meeting with United States sheriffs Wednesday.

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".

The article cited a tax overhaul, deregulation and a more robust military among the administration's achievements, but added: "These successes have come despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective". In one tweet, he demanded that the newspaper name the source for legal action. Lindsey Graham over criticism by sharing his cell phone number.

Hours after the op-ed was posted to the Times website, Trump condemned it and said the publication "must" identify the author for "national security purposes".

Trump also fired off a one-word message on Twitter: "TREASON?"

On Wednesday, visibly angry at a White House event, Mr Trump called the Times article a "gutless editorial" and in a later tweet he suggested it was treasonous.

The article, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", was criticized by President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other political figures.

Both officials denied the quotes, and Trump retweeted their denials.

That would be a problem for the Times, partly through no fault of its own, said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, communications professor and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. That measure defines methods to legally remove a president from office.

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"But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis".

It reads: "We want the administration to succeed".

The piece immediately became the top story in the country after it was published online by the Times Wednesday afternoon, dominating the news cycle and unleashing a fury of gossip.

This morning, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders put a bit of a fork in it, saying that any inquiries about the matter should go to the New York Times from now on. 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.

He predicted some day when he was not president, the New York Times and CNN "and all of these phony media outlets will be out of business".

Earlier in the show, Colbert also poked fun at Bob Woodward's exposé, "Fear: Trump in the White House", with a segment inspired by children's show "Reading Rainbow".

According to a tape of a call Woodward made to Trump last month, and released by The Washington Post, Trump accused the journalist of writing a "very inaccurate book" that would not reflect that no predecessor has "ever done a better job than I'm doing as president".

"Freedom of speech is an important pillar of our nation's found principles and a a free press is important to our democracy", Melania Trump said (via Deadline). So do the swipes and sneering at him that slip, nearly unconsciously at times, into news stories that according to the paper's tradition are supposed to contain facts, not opinion.

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