Mike Pence denies writing critical NYT essay about Trump amid 'lodestar' speculation

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks from the White House

Who wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed about Trump?

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".

Zaid argued that if the author really intends to curb Trump, there was "greater value" in maintaining their position. They are not doing us a service by actively promoting 90 per cent of the insane stuff that's coming out of the White House and then saying 'Don't worry we are preventing the other 10%,' " he said.

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

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Besides, the op-ed revealed that Trump's Cabinet originally speculated about invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president, but they did not go with it because "no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis". I think it's more disgraceful that the New York Times would do it.

The president, who has been on a tear ever since the column was posted, told reporters aboard Air Force One that the opinion piece critical of his leadership is a "national security" issue.

Trump wasn't saying Friday whether he'd take the suggestion.

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The Justice Department declined to confirm or deny an investigation.

Trump also said that if the individual who wrote the op-ed has a high-level security clearance, "I don't want him in those meetings". Top administration officials have publicly denied writing it, but according to two unnamed officials who spoke with Axios, the essay speaks for "dozens and dozens" of staffers.

"No, Dir. Mulvaney is not the author", a spokesperson for Mulvaney told NBC News.

Trump had threatened to sue the Times when he was running for president in October 2016 because of its story about allegations of sexual assault against women. "That's not hypothetical", said the former president.

"They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them", Trump said.

Trump was explaining how his first year and a half in office were driving his Democratic opponents and his critics "crazy", when he turned to the "latest act of resistance".

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