Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo deny writing explosive op-ed attacking Trump

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Pompeo called the Times' decision to publish "sad" and "disturbing".

Pompeo accused the media of trying to undermine the Trump administration and says he finds it "incredibly disturbing".

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a statement: "Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my principal deputy is patently false".

Calling the author an "anonymous coward" and a "gutless loser", Sanders tweeted the opinion desk's phone number, urging Trump supporters to ask about the identity of the writer, who criticized Trump's "amorality" and poor management skills.

He/she describes a "two-track presidency", where the president's actions - such as his conciliatory attitude toward "autocrats and dictators", including Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin - are constrained and redirected by "adults in the room". Disorganised meetings, an impetuous and petty demeanour, an inability to stick to decisions, antipathy to a free press and "anti-democratic" instincts. In one tweet, he demanded that the newspaper name the source for legal action.

"The dilemma - which he does not fully grasp - is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".

Hours after the op-ed was posted to the Times website, Trump condemned it and said the publication "must" identify the author for "national security purposes".

Trump also fired off a one-word message on Twitter: "TREASON?"

In a "House of Cards"-style plot twist in an already over-the-top administration, Trump allies and political insiders scrambled to unmask the writer". He called it "gutless" and launched into an extended criticism of the newspaper.

Behar and Hostin took Melania Trump to task for her criticism of an anonymous op ed in The New York Times by a writer who says they are part of an internal'resistance to President Donald Trump
Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo deny writing explosive op-ed attacking Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that whoever wrote the article is "living in dishonesty" and shouldn't work for Trump.

The piece compared Trump unfavorably to the late Sen.

"The speculation about who replaces Mattis is now more real than ever", a senior White House official was quoted as saying in the report. Meadows is the chairman of a House subcommittee that oversees the president's executive office and a founder of conservative Freedom Caucus.

The official said that early on in the administration, some officials quietly discussed invoking the 25th amendment of the US Constitution, which allows the removal of a president judged unable to perform his duties. "Maybe we can just try and steer the fire in a different direction'".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement in which she described the piece as "a new low for the so-called paper of record'".

Sesno said the Times' credibility is on the line "if this person turns out to be a window-washer somewhere".

She said: "I have the pleasure of being privy to those conversations. and I have not once heard the president talk about assassinating Assad".

Neither, he said, was the content groundbreaking, seeing parallels in the Republican administrations of both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

Senior aides, some of whom have also been denying episodes from Mr Woodward's book this week, lined up to disavow authorship of the piece, known as an op-ed for its place in the opinion section. Short parts of Fear: Trump in the White House were published Tuesday in The Washington Post.