The New York Times on Wednesday published an opinion piece written by an anonymous senior White House official who described a “two-track presidency” in which top officials are “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [President Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations.”
The piece quickly triggered anger from inside the White House, as President Trump called it “gutless,” and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders demanded the unnamed author “resign.”
In the piece, entitled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” the author wrote that the alleged actions by White House officials were not part of “the popular ‘resistance’ of the left.”
Despite the rare anonymous nature of the piece, the Times’ Twitter account indicated that the author was a man. However, a Times spokesperson told Fox News that the tweet in question “was drafted by someone who is not aware of the author’s identity, including the gender, so the use of ‘he’ was an error.”
Trump responded at a White House meeting with sheriffs from across America.
“If I weren’t here, I believe the New York Times probably wouldn’t exist,” the president said to laughter and applause from the assembled sheriffs. “And someday when I’m not the president, which hopefully will be in about six-and-a-half years from now, The New York Times and CNN and all of these phony media outlets will be out of business … because there’ll be nothing to write.”
In a statement, Sanders said the author of the piece was “a gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times.”