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Melania Trump Goes Scorched Earth On ‘Cowardly’ NYT Op-Ed Author

On Thursday, First Lady Melania Trump weighed in on the bombshell New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous senior member of the Trump administration claiming to part of the “resistance,” calling the author “cowardly” and accusing them of “sabotaging” the country.

“Freedom of speech is an important pillar of our nation’s founding principles and a free press is important to our democracy. The press should be fair, unbiased and responsible,” Mrs. Trump told CNN reporter Kate Bennett via a statement.

Continuing, Melania rebuked the media for relying on anonymous sources in a majority of their reports. As has been demonstrated time and again, anonymously sourced reports have fallen apart within a matter of days, but only after the irrevocable damage has been done. Oddly, such reports are exclusively negative for Trump and the administration.

“Unidentified sources have become the majority of voices people hear about in today’s news. People with no names are writing our nation’s history. Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences,” she said. “If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves.”

Turning the dial to ten, Mrs. Trump concluded: “To the writer of the oped – you are not protecting this country; you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions.”

Since the publishing of the anonymous editorial, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr., Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and other top-level officials have condemned the piece and issued denials that they were the source.

President Trump demanded the “gutless” author be revealed by The New York Times “for national security purposes.”