WASHINGTON— White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders urged the public Thursday to call the New York Times’ opinion desk and ask them who the anonymous author of an explosive op-ed was
“The media’s wild obsession with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump. Stop,” Sanders wrote on Twitter. “If you want to know who this loser is, call the opinion desk of the failing New York Times … and ask them.”
Sanders listed a number that connects to the Times’ switchboard.
For those of you asking for the identity of the anonymous coward: pic.twitter.com/RpWYPHa6To
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 6, 2018
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.
Trump demanded Wednesday evening that the Times identify the author, citing national security concerns.