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Trump fires back at Bob Woodward book with statements from James Mattis and John Kelly Trump: No One Will Come Close to Beating Me in 2020, Anonymous Op-ed Writer Is ‘Gutless’
Diane Mills | 07 September, 2018, 07:56

Amid intense speculation on who the mystery author is, on Thursday four top White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said they were not the author and slammed the Times for publishing it.

"The relationship has nowhere to go but down, fast", the official said.

The Times has not revealed who the author is, and refused to disclose any identifiable information, including the person's gender.

Trump defended his mental fitness in January, calling himself a "very stable genius" and "like, really smart". The vote will be widely seen as a referendum on Trump.

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In Washington, the claims of "not me" echoed from Vice President Pence's office, from Energy Secretary Rick Perry, from Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman from Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, and other Cabinet members. So could the denials be trusted? He accused the media of trying to undermine the Trump administration and said he found that "incredibly disturbing".

Within hours of the essay appearing on the paper's website, the mystery of the writer's identity began to rival the Watergate-era hunt for "Deep Throat" in Washington, and a parade of Trump team members issued statements Thursday saying, in effect, "it's not me".

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U.S. President Donald Trump holds a meeting with Republican House and Senate leadership in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. September 5, 2018.

"Let's assume it's a person with a security clearance". John McCain - do they suggest someone working in national security? The first lady, Melania Trump, also condemned the author and called on the individual to come forward. And could a divided executive branch pose a danger to the country? "I hope he [Trump] knows - maybe he does? - that there are dozens and dozens of us". "A wounded lion is a very unsafe animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded".

"President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader", said the author of op-ed titled "I am part of the resistance inside the Trump administration".

"It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room", the author continued. "Yet at the same time, if you're having highly sensitive and classified meetings in the Oval Office and you have someone trying to resist those efforts, I think all of us would agree that it is highly unusual and perhaps the only time it has happened".

President Donald Trump gave a lengthy response to yet another public indictment of his leadership on Wednesday, listing off his administration's achievements and guaranteeing he'll be re-elected in 2020.

Among the anecdotes, former top economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnAnonymous attack on Trump roils White House CNN: Trump searching for Woodward sources in White House The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance - Day Two: Kavanaugh to spar with hostile Democrats MORE is reported to have removed paperwork, unnoticed, from Trump's desk that the president meant to sign to withdraw the USA from trade agreements. So is the fact that the author of the op-ed was willing to say so in one of the nation's most influential newspapers. If the Times learns the identity, it could raise serious questions about the newspaper's ability to protect a confidential source among people who don't know - or don't believe - that one part of the newspaper will keep important information away from another.

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