Trump, Others Question Integrity, Credentials of Anonymous Author

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"Supposing I have a high-level national security, and he has got a clearance - we talked about clearances a lot recently - and he goes into a high-level meeting concerning China or Russian Federation or North Korea or something", Trump said.

"I think it is a national security matter", said Pres. Trump.

The anonymous opinion piece in The New York Times said "a quiet resistance" within the Trump administration was working to thwart some of the president's "worst inclinations".

"I think so, because I think it's national security", Trump said when asked if he wants the DOJ to investigate.

And a week on which an anonymous Trump administration official penned a New York Times op-ed that detailed an effort "to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office".


Though the article was strongly critical of Trump, no classified information appears to have been revealed by the author or leaked to the newspaper, which would be a crucial bar to clear before a leak investigation could be contemplated.

Meanwhile, a string of Mr Trump's most senior cabinet members have denied responsibility for the explosive account of how his own team was trying to frustrate the USA president's wishes. "They're not doing us a favor by actively promoting 90% of the insane stuff coming out of this White House and saying, 'Don't worry, we're preventing the other 10%'".

Trump continued attacking the op-ed yesterday, suggesting to Fox & Friends that by publishing the piece, the Times is "virtually" guilty of "treason". President Trump said in a tweet on Thursday that the deep state is behind the leaks.

"I know the president is very unconventional", Ryan said. "I'm draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back", he said.

"That's not a common word, 'lodestar.' Not a lot of people use that word", Kimmel said. The Times stood by its story and dismissed a Trump attorney's demand for an apology and retraction.


Trump described the White House as a "well-oiled machine".

Trump reiterated that it was a "disgrace" that the Times would publish the piece.

"The dilemma - which he does not fully grasp - is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", the author writes.

After Trump's claim on a DoJ investigation, the New York Times released a statement that said, "We're confident that the Department of Justice understands that the First Amendment protects all American citizens and that it would not participate in such a blatant abuse of government power". Victor told the Federal Bureau of Investigation she mailed the document to an online news outlet.

Trump spent the last part of the week doing what he enjoys most about the job of President: Delivering campaign speeches to adoring crowds in Republican-friendly areas. He also unleashed on Trump's border wall, lack of emergency response after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and immigration laws.


President Trump took to Twitter to question whether there even was an scribe at all.

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