Trump Calls NYT Op-Ed By Unnamed White House Official 'Gutless'

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"And for good reason", he said.

Disobeying the duly-elected president may be moral in some cases, but it is clearly not how the Constitution is supposed to work. They are all saying it's got to be at a fairly low level, some people today coming out I see all of the people saying such great things.

The column attracted so much attention - as much for its existence as for what it actually said - that it raised the expectation that the author is someone powerful, she said.

Numerous pundits have pointed out that if Trump unfit to be president, propping him up is only enabling him, not stopping him.

In the piece, the writer had claimed: "The root of the problem is the president's amorality".

Meadows said that "we are looking at what is proper" to investigate but said he hasn't yet taken "concrete steps". "It would have to clearly depend upon who was writing this, and the amount of trust and confidence that we had in going ahead", Ancrum said. "I also think that's not particularly relevant, meaning like, who it is", Conway said.

He said the infighting and backbiting wasn't unusually in any administration, although usually not in public.

"It's not mine", Pompeo said during a trip to New Delhi.

Her comments came as Trump's top lieutenants scrambled on Thursday to deny authorship of the explosive op-ed that has plunged his presidency into its worst crisis yet by proclaiming a secret insider resistance to his "reckless" and "amoral" leadership. The first is impeachment, by which a majority of the House of Representatives votes to bring charges against the president for "high crimes and misdemeanors", two-thirds of the Senate votes to convict, and he is removed from office.

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"(Then-Secretary of State Henry) Kissinger later wrote that the Soviets treated Nixon with the solicitude they would devote to someone who is terminally ill", Beschloss continued.

White House aides have reportedly launched an internal search for the individual, adding to the search already underway for those who were sources for Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward's upcoming tell-all book, Fear: Trump in the White House.

Speaking to TMZ in NY on Thursday, Kelly said the anonymous White House official should "grow up" and "take a stand". We are focusing on the well-being, the kitchen table, the concerns of America's working families.

Social media has been flooded with theories and counter-theories as to the author's identity, with speculation ranging from Vice-President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway, to Trump's own daughter, Ivanka, or his wife, Melania.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement in which she described the piece as "a new low for the so-called paper of record'".

In an unusual statement, the president even demanded that The New York Times reveal their source "for national security purposes".

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN. "These types of political attacks are beneath the Secretary and the Department's mission", said Tyler Houlton, press secretary for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

"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.