WASHINGTON —The vice president’s office is denying that the Mike Pence was the anonymous author of a scathing op-ed in the New York Times detailing resistance to President Donald Trump from within the administration.
“The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds,” Jarrod Agen, Pence’s communications director, tweeted Thursday morning.
The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds. The @nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed. Our office is above such amateur acts.
— Jarrod Agen (@VPComDir) September 6, 2018
While the prospect of Pence penning an op-ed attacking the Trump administration appears far-fetched on its face, some online sleuths thought otherwise.
The author used the word “lodestar,” which prompted many Twitter uses to see who else has previously used it.
— A Way 🇨🇦🏳️🌈 (@Madgeison) September 6, 2018
Downie is right, if you google the White House web site, most of the references to “Lodestar” — the unusual word used in the anonymous NYT op ed — come from VP Pence. Now, this could be Pence’s chief of staff or speechwriter too. But fascinating prospect. https://t.co/myHA4CIGuq pic.twitter.com/J61yP1mpPG
— John Aravosis 🇺🇸 (@aravosis) September 5, 2018
In addition to Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in India, where he is currently traveling, that he was not the author.
On Wednesday, the Times published an op-ed from an unnamed senior administration official detailing what they described as a “quiet resistance” from within Trump’s orbit.
“Many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” the author states. “I would know. I am one of them.”
The author also says that those within Trump’s administration considered invoking the 25th amendment, a procedural move in which a 2/3 majority of the cabinet could pursue to strip Trump of the presidency.
However, according to the writer, “no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.”
The Times acknowledged that an anonymous op-ed is a “rare step,” in a preface to the piece.
Trump called the writer “gutless” and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the “coward” should resign.