Search narrows for op-ed writer, source says

Minnie Murray
September 9, 2018

Speaking to reporters onboard Air Force One on Friday, Trump said the column should be investigated as a national security matter and that he was weighing taking action against the news outlet.

Trump also took aim at a book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward which, like the incendiary unsigned piece in The New York Times, offered a damning portrayal of the inner workings of his administration, sparking yet another White House crisis and putting the president on the defensive.

"For somebody to do this is very low, and I think, journalistically and from many different standpoints, and maybe even from the standpoint of national security, we'll find out about that", said Trump.

The explosive article also claimed that there were early whispers within the Trump cabinet "to invoke the 25th Amendment", prompted by the president's apparent "instability".

He is one of the most respected living USA journalists, and has written extensively on modern American presidents, earning praise from Trump in 2013 for his work on Barack Obama.

"They're not doing us a service by actively promoting 90pc of the insane stuff that's coming out of this White House, and then saying, "Don't worry, we're preventing the other 10pc".

Regarding the writer's identity, he said it "may not be a Republican, it may not be a conservative, it may be a deep state person who has been there for a long time".

A number of top Trump advisers have disavowed the piece, which was published on Wednesday without a name in what the Times said was a rare but necessary move to protect the writer.

"If you want to know who this gutless loser is, call the opinion desk of the failing New York Times at 212-556-1234, and ask them", Sanders wrote.

"I'm looking at that right now", the president said.

According to CNN, Conway said while some people were investigating, she personally, is "not interested in an investigation of this".

Citing company policy, Ha refused to comment on whether the Times received any substantial threats to its office or employees.

Trump described the White House as a "well-oiled machine". "A wounded lion is a very unsafe animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded".

Donald Trump is said to be fixated on finding out who wrote the anonymous op-ed.

"It speaks to some kind of sad desperation on the part of "never- Trumpers" - even those inside the administration - that stems from the collapse of the Russian Federation collusion narrative", said City Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island), Trump's NY campaign chairman in 2016. Victor told the Federal Bureau of Investigation she mailed the document to an online news outlet.

The entertainer's commentary came one day after a senior administration official claimed that members of a "resistance" are "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".

"It's a disgrace that somebody can do that", Trump said.

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