Published: Fri, September 07, 2018

Melania Trump Slams 'Cowardly' Trump Administration Official's New York Times Op-Ed

Melania Trump Slams 'Cowardly' Trump Administration Official's New York Times Op-Ed

"Our policy is as you say not to publish pieces anonymously", the Post's editorial page editor Fred Hiatt told CNN, adding that he has "no comment on the current situation".

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that "if you're not interested in helping the president, you shouldn't work for the president as far as I'm concerned".

Interestingly, the statement about the op-ed came from the first lady herself.

Vice President Mike Pence.

"@stevenmnuchin1 is honoured to serve @POTUS & the American people". He feels it was irresponsible for @nytimes to print this anonymous piece.

Trump is quoted as likening former chief of staff Reince Priebus to "a little rat", and telling his 80-year-old secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, "I don't trust you".

"The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane - & they don't know what to do", Trump said in tweet early Thursday.

"If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves", she said in a statement.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

Trump is engaged in a furious quest to find out who wrote The New York Times op-ed.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said it was "patently false" to claim he had written the piece.

But the Republican Party risks losing momentum ahead of the Nov 6 mid-terms, in which the Democrat Party will try and seize back a majority in the House of Representatives - something which historically, and on current polling, it has a good chance of doing. He told CNN he had spoken directly with its author, but did not elaborate.

Trump called Woodward's book "total fiction", and Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly have denied that they bashed the president.

Reinforcing Woodward's account, a "senior official" in the administration penned an unsigned opinion piece for The New York Times, describing himself as part of a secret inside "Resistance" to Trump.

She said the press should be fair, unabashed and responsible.

"It was not him", said Caitlin Oakley, spokeswoman for Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

"The root of the problem is the president's amorality", wrote the official.

"Secretary DeVos is not a Washington insider and does not play Washington insider games". She said the writer should resign from the administration.

"Neither Secretary Wilkie nor anyone else at VA wrote the op-ed", said Curt Cashour, spokesman for Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie.

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

"When you give someone anonymity on this, you are putting your credibility on the line", Marcus said.

"Nearly 62 million people voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016, earning him 306 Electoral College votes - versus 232 for his opponent".

Invoking national security concerns, Trump said the paper should publish the official's name, before encouraging reporters to investigate the matter. An early political lesson I learned: "never send an anonymous op-ed", tweeted Andrea Kalan, spokeswoman at the US Embassy in Moscow, quoting US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman. Anything sent out by me would have carried my name.

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