Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Hear Donald Trump struggle to pronounce the word 'anonymous'

Hear Donald Trump struggle to pronounce the word 'anonymous'

In an interview Thursday with Fox News, Trump said the author "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".

"It's national security", the president said on Air Force One, on the way to a rally in North Dakota Friday.

The article - entitled I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration - is written by someone the New York Times describes as a senior official in the Trump administration.

"It should not be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents", added Mr Obama.

Zaid argued that if the author really intends to curb Trump, there was "greater value" in maintaining their position. "Journalistically and many different standpoints, and maybe even from the standpoint of national security, we'll find out about that", he continued. The book questions, as many others have, whether or not Donald Trump is fit for the presidency.

"I think it's a disgrace", said Vice President Mike Pence.

But according to a report Thursday night from the Times - produced by reporters who are institutionally separated from the editorial staff who do know the identity of the op-ed writer - several White House officials believe Pence may indeed be the anonymous author. "It's different for career people", the official said.

"It could motivate Trump to pursue the Erdogan-style purge of the bureaucracy that he hasn't pursued yet", said an unnamed Justice Department trial attorney.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the person behind the op-ed chose to "deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States" and called on the "coward" to resign.

The piece says administration officials have discussed the possible use of the 25th Amendment.

That a covert network of officials was operating within the government to derail Trump's agenda became clear in the first months of the presidency.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, a fierce Trump critic, told NBC, "This is not sustainable to have an executive branch where individuals are not following the orders of the chief executive". Even liberals that hate me say: "that's bad what they did".

Advised the tests would result in mass resignations, he ordered the tests for about 1,000 employees of the State and Defense departments, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council.

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