Trump calls NYT op-ed 'treasonous', Pompeo, Pence deny writing explosive piece

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"If the gutless anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for national security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

"We have a lot of love in the administration", Trump said at the rally, in response to a question from Fox News' Pete Hegseth.

Vice-president Mike Pence is one of many senior officials who have denied writing the piece. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until - one way or another - it's over.

The op-ed, titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", appeared on the Times' opinion page Wednesday and was written by an anonymous "senior official in the Trump administration".

For his part, President Trump lashed out in numerous directions between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

James Dao, the op-ed editor for the Times, said in the paper's Daily podcast on Thursday, "There's nothing in the piece that strikes me as being relevant to or undermining the national security".

"I am proud to serve as a member of President Trump's Cabinet to advocate on behalf of America's 30 million small businesses".

Asked if he'd take action against the Times, Trump said "we're going to see, I'm looking at that right now".

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Pelosi also joked that Vice President Mike Pence was her first guess for who was behind the op-ed, saying that it "probably won't take long" before the author is revealed.

Woodward quotes unidentified White House aides who claimed to have saved the country by ignoring Trump's orders on several occasions and even stealing his documents.

"I would say Jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece was because I really believe it's national security", Trump told reporters, according to a pool report.

"But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders separately called on the individual to resign.

The newspaper also reported that people close to Trump floated another option - forcing senior officials to sign sworn affidavits that could be used in court if necessary.

Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews, the respected White House chronicler describes a coalition of like-minded aides plotting to prevent the USA president from destroying the world trade system, undermining national security, and sparking wars.

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