Washington Declares Whirlwind Round of 'Who Dunnit' After Anonymous Anti-Trump Article
WASHINGTON — September 6, 2018
After the high-profile publication of an anonymous author article in the New York Times, Washington is scrambling for answers while senior administration officials diligently try to prove that they are not responsible.
The anonymous author who called himself as a 'senior official in the Trump administration', is trying in every way to undermine the authority of President Trump, claiming to be part of an informal network to protect America from its president: "Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office."
Apparently, Trump is right: There really is a “deep state” of top government officials conspiring to thwart his will. And now, one of them is even taking to the pages of the New York Times to brag about it.
"TREASON?" Trump tweeted the day before.
TREASON?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
In a note accompanying the article, the Times says that the author’s “identity is known to us,” but that the person’s “job would be jeopardized” if their name were published.
Countless 'Twitter detectives' have come up with theories about who wrote the op-ed based on close scrutiny of its language: use of particular phrases like “lodestar” (Vice President Mike Pence!) and “don’t get me wrong” (Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen!)
On Thursday during an overseas visit to India, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied being the author, telling reporters at an embassy meet-and-greet that it should not be a surprise that a "liberal newspaper" which has "relentlessly attacked" the administration chose to print the opinion piece.
He said that the Times should not have chosen to take the word of a "disgruntled deceptive bad actor" and issued a warning to the person who wrote the piece: "leave."
"I come from a place where if you're not in a position to execute the commander's intent, you have a singular option, that is to leave," Pompeo said.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence's office also denied that the president's number two was behind the piece. Pence's Deputy Chief of Staff Jarrod Agen plainly tweeted that unlike the author in Wednesday's article, the vice president "puts his name on his op-eds."
The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds. The @nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed. Our office is above such amateur acts.— Jarrod Agen (@VPComDir) September 6, 2018
Agen added that the Times "should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed. Our office is above such amateur acts."
While speculation continues to run rampant, the president tweeted his thanks to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un for his "unwavering faith" and later slammed the "the Deep State and the left and their vehicle the fake news media."
Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims “unwavering faith in President Trump.” Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2018
The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy - & they don’t know what to do. The Economy is booming like never before, Jobs are at Historic Highs, soon TWO Supreme Court Justices & maybe Declassification to find Additional Corruption. Wow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2018