President Trump is demanding, “for national security purposes,” that The New York Times reveal the name of the anonymous senior White House official who penned an op-ed describing the internal “resistance” to Trump within the administration.
On Wednesday, the Times published an op-ed titled, “I Am Part of the Resistance Within the Trump Administration,” in which the self-described senior official claims that “many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
“Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office,” the official writes, describing a “two-track” presidency. “This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state,” the anonymous author writes. “It’s the work of the steady state.”
In a series of tweets and statements on Wednesday and Thursday, Trump condemned the “gutless” author and said that he or she poses a threat to national security. “TREASON?” wrote Trump in one tweet. Speaking to the press Wednesday, Trump slammed the “failing New York Times” for publishing the “gutless editorial.”
“Does the so-called ‘Senior Administration Official’ really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?” he tweeted later. “If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”
Late Wednesday night, Trump suggested that the reason the “resistance” is pushing back is only because he’s successfully “draining the swamp,” like he promised to on the campaign trail. “I’m draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back. Don’t worry, we will win!” he wrote.
Early Thursday morning, he again slammed the “Deep State” and the “Fake News Media” and said they’re “going crazy” because the economy is booming: “The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy – & they don’t know what to do. The Economy is booming like never before, Jobs are at Historic Highs, soon TWO Supreme Court Justices & maybe Declassification to find Additional Corruption. Wow!”