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Trump says Woodward's White House book a 'scam'

07 September 2018

By email, by tweet and on camera, the denials over the anonymous New York Times column came from cabinet-level officials, all the way up to the office of vice president Mike Pence.

-Associated Press writer Zeke Miller.

In addition to criticizing Trump's reaction to the piece, Pelosi offered her opinion on the significance of the contents of what was written by the anonymous senior official in the Trump administration.

On the internet and in Washington, a guessing game has raged over who the author might be, prompting almost every cabinet-ranked member of the government to deny it was them.

Vice-president Mike Pence is one of many senior officials who have denied writing the piece.

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He then turned the subject to the anonymous op-ed, which said officials in the Trump administration were undermining the president's agenda in order to protect the country from his "worst instincts".

Sources told the Daily Beast that the president "exploded" on Wednesday after reading the op-ed.

Whether the New York Times should have published an anonymous op-ed is an interesting question.

All of this has led to what appears to be a frenzied search by the White House to determine the mystery writer, with Trump's advisers reportedly weighing administering lie detector tests to figure out who among them was the author - an idea raised publicly Thursday by Sen.

In the column, the writer slammed Trump's "amorality" and leadership style.

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Asked if the government would take legal action against the New York Times for publishing the article, he responded that his administration is "looking at that right now".

"The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds", tweeted Jarrod Agen, communications director for Pence. On the other hand, if you think that Donald Trump is a danger to the country, I suppose you think this and other people who are resisting some of Donald Trump's actions is a patriot.

"The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane - & they don't know what to do", Trump wrote.

The White House chief of staff John Kelly repeatedly told aides President Trump was an idiot and they were all living in "Crazytown", according to a new book by veteran reporter Bob Woodward.

The official described a "resistance" inside the administration and said aides were working to thwart the president's decisions when they deemed them misguided or potentially harmful to the nation.

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Some Republicans have pushed back on Trump's suggestion that the official who penned the op-ed committed treason.

Trump says Woodward's White House book a 'scam'