Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Anonymous White House op-ed sparks Twitter jokes, parodies

Anonymous White House op-ed sparks Twitter jokes, parodies

It would look like the Times was trying to stir the pot if it were not a high-level person, said Chuck Todd, host of NBC's "Meet the Press".

According to The Washington Post, Barack Obama offered to Donald Trump in their only Oval Office meeting a warning about North Korea as a global threat. Frequently, they try to give some indication of why the person would be in a position to know something - the senior administration official, for example - and why anonymity was granted.

Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other cabinet members have also denied being the author.

On Twitter, Trump charged "The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane - & they don't know what to do".

The article cited a tax overhaul, deregulation and a more robust military among the administration's achievements, but added: "These successes have come despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".

Trump responded with fury, on Twitter and in comments at public events at the White House, calling it a "gutless editorial".

Yet senior GOP lawmakers rejected the idea that the op-ed would damage Trump, insisting instead that it would help him during the midterms and in the 2020 presidential election. Melania is concerned about how Donald is going to hold up, and with good reason.

"A wounded lion is a very unsafe animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded".

A spokesman for Vice President Mike Pence said that he "puts his name on" expressions of his opinion.

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"To the writer of the op-ed - you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions", she said.

Some of the guess-the-author game centred on whether the author worked in the White House or a federal agency.

The White House has been convulsed by a fevered hunt for the senior official who declared, in an unsigned article for The New York Times published Wednesday, that "unsung heroes" were quietly working within the administration to frustrate the president's "worst inclinations". His deputy chief of staff said Pence's office is "above such amateur acts".

President Trump's missteps - ripping children from their parents' arms at the border, dissing America's intelligence community and siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the press conference after their summit in Helsinki, his ugly tweets during Sen.

Speaking with Hannity on his program, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that the anonymous author had "repudiated our whole constitutional process".

The author goes on to speak about Trump's "amorality" being at the root of the problem and calls the president's impulses "anti-democratic".

"Nothing in this town stays secret forever, and so ultimately I do think we will find out who is the author", he said.

"I would know. I am one of them".

The NYTimes opinion piece, written by an anonymous senior official within the White House, said: "President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader".

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