The New York Times published an op-ed from an anonymous Trump official who said staff members are working to block bad decisions by the president, on issues ranging from free trade to military policy.
Isn't it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost. "And this person chose instead, according to the New York Times, chose not only to stay, [but] to undermine what President Trump and this administration are trying to do".
Trump describes the editorial as "gutless". The excerpts said aides sometimes tried to limit what they saw as damaging behaviour by disregarding his instructions.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, for her part, seemed more flippant during an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News on Wednesday night.
The critical spotlight on Trump's leadership comes just two months before midterm elections in which his fellow Republicans are seeking to maintain control of Congress.
U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a new attack Wednesday on a book depicting his presidency and White House as chaotic and dysfunctional, suggesting libel laws ought to be changed to protect against what he sees as false reports.
The daily, which rarely publishes anonymous articles, said it did not publish the official's name on the request of the author, whose "identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardised by its disclosure". Those distancing themselves from the column have included the vice-president, Mike Pence, and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, along with much of Trump's cabinet.
The author says that he/she isn't a liberal operative and agrees with numerous policy goals the administration is pursuing, but that those goals are being achieved in spite of - and not because of - the president.
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"Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision-making", the unidentified writer adds.
Melania said via a statement: "To the writer of the op-ed - you are not protecting this country; you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions".
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The op-ed - titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" - claims to be written by someone who, along with other "like-minded colleagues", has "vowed to thwart parts" of Donald Trump's agenda and "his worst inclinations".
In it, the writer says there are "bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more".
Some of the guess-the-author game centred on whether the author worked in the White House or a federal agency.
A single mention of the word "lodestar" in the op-ed prompted theories that the senior official in question was Vice President Mike Pence, who used the term in previous speeches. "Stop", she wrote on Twitter. He told CNN he had spoken directly with its author, but did not elaborate. "It is laughable to think this could come from the secretary", spokesman Tony Sayegh said on Twitter.
During a campaign appearance in Billings, Montana, Trump also praised Greg Gianforte, the Republican congressman who physically attacked the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs past year, as "a fighter and a winner".
In a highly unusual situation, the author was identified only as "a senior official in the Trump administration".