Anonymous New York Times op-ed sparks frenzy of amateur linguists, sleuths

Trump feels 'amazingly alone,' and increasingly the world sees

Several members of President Donald Trump's administration have denied writing an anonymous New York Times op-ed that criticizes Trump, as people speculate over who could be behind the article.

Bob Woodward spoke out about the Trump administration in his first interview on his book this Sunday, and warned that people need to "wake up" to what's going on inside the White House.

"We're going to take a look at what he had, what he gave, what he's talking about, also where he is right now", Trump said during a flight from Billings, Montana, to Fargo, North Dakota, on a fundraising trip for Republican candidates. "A wounded lion is a very risky animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded".

Trump adds: "These quotes were made up". If the anonymous author has a high-level security clearance, the president emphasized, "and he goes into a high-level meeting concerning China or Russian Federation or North Korea or something, I don't want him in those meetings".

Woodward reiterated to CNN on Thursday that he stands by all his reporting in the book.

"Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today's news", Trump said in a statement.

The incident is recounted in a new book from journalist Bob Woodward, who claims that Trump prepared a tweet claiming that the conflict with North Korea would end up boiling down to a personal conflict with Kim Jong-Un.

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Pence said he did not know who wrote the Times column but that he was "100 percent confident that no one on the vice president's staff was involved in this anonymous editorial". As the report noted, it took quite a bit of convincing for Trump not to hit "send" on the tweet.

If anything, the anonymous sources in Woodward's book, and the author of the op-ed, are seeking to protect the American people and the U.S. government from a president and top advisors who seek to dismantle it. The criticism of Trump is on-point and damning, as it should be, as it has no other way to be for a President who surrounded himself with associates many of whom are now felons.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to head off reporters' inquiries of Trump officials, tweeting that the questions should be aimed at The New York Times, which she said was "complicit in this deceitful act".

While Ryan said he did not know of any role Congress would have in investigating who authored the op-ed, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows suggested different. In another supposed episode, Woodward wrote that former top economic adviser Gary Cohn planned to remove a memo from the president's desk that would have withdrawn the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.

The book's title, "Fear", was drawn by Mr. Woodward from an interview he had in 2016 with candidate Trump.

"Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the Cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president".

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