Donald Trump, the US President, has demanded that the New York Times should turn over an anonymous official of the White House who wrote an article that claimed that staffers were behind a “quiet resistance” to his “detrimental” actions.
In a series of late-night tweets, the President slammed the “failing” newspaper. It accused it of “treason” and summoned for the individual to be handed over.
He stated: “Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?”
He continued: “If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”
The tweet was followed up after a few hours with a post saying: “I’m draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back. Don’t worry, we will win!”
The New York Times has said that it knows the identity of the official, however, it is not disclosing that information to the public.
The author wrote: “Many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
He added: “We believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.”
The official said that there had been “whispers” among the Cabinet members of invoking the 25th amendment in order to replace the president, however, “no one wanted a constitutional crisis . . . so we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction.”
The 25th amendment enables for the removal of the President on the ground of incapacity.
The author added: “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.” He said that the root cause was “the president’s amorality”.
He continued: “It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognise what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.”
Yesterday, Trump and his closest staff fought off some claims in a new book that was written by Bob Woodward, a Watergate reporter. It detailed an incident in which an official took some documents off the desk of the president “to protect national security.”