United States official says Donald Trump staff working against 'amoral' president

Given the instability many witnessed the mole writes there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment

The op-ed author wrote that Trump administration officials were a check on the president's erratic behavior, including some of his decisions on foreign policy and national security.

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.

"The Times should never have done that, because really what they've done is virtually, you know, it's treason", the president said. "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable".

Trump had threatened to sue the Times when he was running for president in October 2016 because of its story about allegations of sexual assault against women.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, budget director Mick Mulvaney and others denied authorship of the article.

By email, by tweet and on camera, the denials paraded in from Cabinet-level officials - and even Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday - apparently crafted for an audience of one, seated in the Oval Office.

Let's just hope this saga doesn't end like this. The (New York Times) should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed.

The op-ed is only the latest suggestion that the dysfunction that's characterized the Trump administration since day one may be getting worse.

Gutfeld said Trump is succeeding on the substantive issues, so his critics focus on his style.


While Woodward does not name his sources, he says he spoke with many people now or formerly working for Trump, discussing not just the president's personality but also major policy debates regarding North Korea and Afghanistan.

The FBI and Justice Department are responsible for investigating federal crimes, but there is no indication of anything illegal having been done in the publication of a newspaper opinion piece critical of the president.

As he bemoaned the "disgraceful" op-ed and labeled the new Bob Woodward book of palace intrigue a "total fraud", Trump also bragged about his thick skin, as well as about how "highly educated" he is and his success before and after his foray into politics: "I tried politics and I started off as president, guess what happened? We'd like to think that the Senate wouldn't allow it, but we can't be sure".

Mr Trump has reportedly demanded that aides find out who wrote the piece.

The release of the op-ed also came amid excerpts from an explosive book, titled "Fear: Trump in the White House", which painted a chaotic White House run under Trump.

"It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room", the author continued". We fully recognise what is happening.

-Associated Press writer Zeke Miller.

Miller reported from Washington and Lemire reported from NY.

"I'm looking at that right now", he said.

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