Several White House senior officials have denied writing a bombshell anonymous New York Times op-ed penned by a “senior official in the Trump administration.”
There was speculation Vice President Mike Pence was the author due to the use of the word “loadstar”, but he denied he wrote it.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested the op-ed was written by a “disgruntled deceptive bad actor” and said the author should “leave” the White House.
As speculation swirls over who penned the controversial New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous senior staffer in the Trump administration, a number of White House officials have denied being the author.
The piece details an effort to undermine Trump’s authority and slams the president on an array of issues.
Since its publication, several senior administration officials have stepped forward to say they’re not the authors. Here are their statements.
Vice President Mike Pence
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Pence’s office released a statement on Thursday morning denying that the vice president was the op-ed’s author.
It came after speculation that he was the anonymous author due to the inclusion of the word “lodestar,” which Pence has used in a number of speeches.
Pence’s communications director, Jarrod Agen, said in a tweet: “The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds.”
Agen continued: “The @nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed. Our office is above such amateur acts.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Pompeo, who is currently traveling in India, told reporters at an embassy meet-and-greet that he was not the author.
“I come from a place where if you’re not in a position to execute the commander’s intent, you have a singular option, that is to leave,” Pompeo said.
The secretary of state added that the op-ed was likely written by a “disgruntled deceptive bad actor.”
“I have to tell you, I find the media’s efforts in this regard to undermine this administration incredibly disturbing,” he added, according to The New York Times.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats
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Coats released a statement about the op-ed on Wednesday morning:
“Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my Principal Deputy is patently false. We did not. From the beginning of our tenure, we have insisted that the entire IC remain focused on our mission to provide the President and Policy makers with the best intelligence possible.”
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