Trump Unleashes New Attack on Book Critical of His Presidency

Trump was caught in a scandal during the 2016 campaign with the revelation of a tape from'Access Hollywood featuring him talking to host Billy Bush

First lady Melania Trump made it clear she did not write the op-ed about the NY billionaire and took a few shots at the person who did.

"But I think that given the extraordinary circumstances, the New York Times was ethically justified in publishing the piece - assuming, of course, that they know for certain who the author is and that he is a senior administration official, and that they have vetted the facts as well as they can".

But quickly, Colbert's monologue took a more serious turn as he criticized the author of the op-ed. "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable".

The piece, in which the unnamed official described an internal "resistance" being waged against President Trump, has become a test of newsroom policies governing anonymous sources.

Pompeo denied writing the article, calling the Times' decision to publish "sad" and "disturbing".

The article had referred to the anonymous author as only a senior administration official.

Let's just hope this saga doesn't end like this.

Hotly debated on Twitter was the author's use of the word "lodestar", which pops up frequently in speeches by Pence. Following so quickly on the heels of the Woodward book, however, the New York Times essay will make for a one-two punch that will be hard to shake off.

"You should not be lapping up the benefits of being a senior administration official, no doubt while scouting for lucrative opportunities for when you leave your post", she said.

Mr Pompeo, previously Mr Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director, said during a trip to India that he was not the author and condemned the Times for publishing it, while Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Mr Mattis did not write the piece.

"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", the statement continued.

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Liu wasn't involved, but he unsuccessfully asked the court to hide his name out of concerns for his business and marriage. As JD.com aims to spread beyond Asia, Liu has lately sought to raise his profile among global business leaders.

Mr Trump labelled the anonymous writer "gutless" and the newspaper as "phony".

When Ingraham began saying she anxious about aides working in the administration who do not "buy into the Trump agenda", Conway said, "I hear you".

The Woodward book, Fear: Trump in the White House, reported that senior aides lifted documents from the Oval Office desk to keep the president from acting on his impulses, reinforcing the assertions in the Times op-ed piece.

On Wednesday, visibly angry at a White House event, Trump called the Times article a "gutless editorial", and in a later tweet he suggested it was treasonous.

Sanders tweeted that the media's "wild obsession" with the identity is "recklessly tarnishing" the reputation of thousands of "great Americans". You are "not protecting this country", she said in a statement.

"There's nothing in the piece that strikes me as being relevant to or undermining the national security", Dao said.

Trump responded to the op-ed in the same way the White House has been responding to the damning new book by Bob Woodward: by outlining his administration's accomplishments and touting the strength of the economy.

There will also surely be calls for this administration official to reveal him/herself.

Other possibilities for the op-ed author in the political guessing game include everyone from James Mattis to John Kelly and even Ivanka or Melania Trump.

"They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them", he said of the newspaper.

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