Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Anonymous peeks behind the White House curtain

Anonymous peeks behind the White House curtain

He and Trump have had a deteriorating relationship, with the president repeatedly and publicly faulting him for the course of the Russian Federation probe, from which Sessions recused himself - ultimately leading to the appointment of a special counsel. On Capitol Hill, a confirmation hearing in a staid Senate office building is repeatedly interrupted by protesters shouting at the nominee and the senators; 70 people are arrested.

First there were news reports about Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward's new behind-the-scenes book, "Fear, ' which described a nervous breakdown in the Trump administration as top aides maneuvered to prevent the President from taking disastrous and impulsive missteps". I say, 'Hey, if I don't know somebody.

The Author of the @nytimes OP-Ed about Trump?

"The way you respond to Michael Wolfe is not the same way to respond to Bob Woodward, who I think has written books about nine presidents now", Stelter laughed.

Donald Trump's defenders, led by Vice President Mike Pence, were out in force on Sunday following a turbulent week capped by the publication of an anonymous New York Times opinion piece savaging the president.

In what is the biggest secret since Watergate's "Deep Throat", many are questioning who inside the White House wrote the scathing op-ed published by the New York Times.

Mattis has denied those assertions, and the accounts detailed by Woodward's sources - including claims that he has ignored or slow-rolled Trump's ideas - seem to fall short of challenging a direct order.

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Almost every Cabinet member issued a statement or told reporters that they didn't pen the op-ed.

Asked how many people he interviewed, Woodward said, "Over a hundred". Anyone can ring up and say anything they want.

In an extraordinary move, a furious Trump tweeted a demand on Wednesday night that if "the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

Expressing the resolve of a handful of officials in the Trump administration to thwart Trump's "more misguided impulses", the piece zooms in to what its writer believes to be the fundamental problem: Trump's "amorality". "In the end, this op-ed is about impeachment", said Caputo.

"Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the Cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president".

"Anyone who would write an anonymous editorial smearing this president, who has provided extraordinary leadership, should not be working for this administration".

Trump on Twitter quoted a Fox News description of the event without long-range nuclear missiles as a sign of North Korea's "commitment to denuclearize".

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