Trump demands NYT turns over anonymous author, claims national security grounds

Trump demands NYT turns over anonymous author, claims national security grounds

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is calling on the New York Times to reveal the identity of a senior administration official who wrote a scathing op-ed detailing White House resistance to Donald Trump.

“If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!” Trump tweeted Wednesday evening.

The president did not cite the specific national security concerns.

The Times published an op-ed from an unnamed senior administration official Wednesday 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 the 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 paper acknowledged that an anonymous op-ed is a “rare step” in a preface to the piece.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement calling the unnamed author a “coward” and urging them to resign.

“The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States,” Sanders said. “He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people.”

Trump continued to strike a defiant tone Thursday morning.

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