Yesterday the New York Times released an op-ed written by an unnamed author. The author, who was classified as a senior administration official, essentially claimed to be saving the country by working as "the resistance" against President Trump.
The White House immediately slammed the piece and called on the person who authored it to resign.
“Nearly 62 million people voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016, earning him 306 Electoral College votes – versus 232 for his opponent. None of them voted for a gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times. We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the paper chose to publish this pathetic, reckless, and selfish op-ed. This is a new low for the so-called 'paper of record,' and it should issue an apology, just as it did after the election for its disastrous coverage of the Trump campaign. This is just another example of the liberal media’s concerted effort to discredit the President," White House Press Secretary Sanders said.
"President Trump has laid out a bold and ambitious agenda. Every day since taking office, he has fulfilled the promises he made. His accomplishments in less than two years have been astounding," she continued. "The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States. He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people. This coward should do the right thing and resign.”
President Trump also reacted.
The Failing New York Times! pic.twitter.com/SHsXvYKpBf— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
Today, Sanders is urging the American people to call the New York Times and demand to know who wrote the piece.
For those of you asking for the identity of the anonymous coward: pic.twitter.com/RpWYPHa6To— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 6, 2018
The offices of Vice President Mike Pence, DNI Director Dan Coates and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have all denied the piece came from them.