Today, President Trump said that he believes the New York Times may have written the anonymous op-ed whose supposed author was claimed to be a current federal bureaucart. The author of the article claimed to be working "diligently" with like-minded bureaucrats to amend Trump's so-called "worst impulses."
Trump told Fox News today: "I think a lot of leaks are not leaks, they're made up by newspapers. The media is very dishonest," The president went on to say, "The media is very, very dishonest, beyond anything anybody can understand. Now even the letter written to the Times, there is a chance, I don't say it's a big chance, but there is a very good chance that was written by the Times."
Last month, NYT published an anonymous article in which members of the Trump administration were said to be actively standing athwart Trump's policies. The anonymous authorworking against parts of his agenda. The author claimed that he or she was working in concert with a group animanted by patriotism and concern for the Constitution.
Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined other high-ranking administration officials to deny authorship. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson also denied writing the article. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley wrote an op-ed defending Trump.
Trump said: "And if it wasn't (the Times), it would be a low level, thousands of people qualified for that heading." Trump continued, "And the Times said, 'we did scrutiny and we found out who this person was.' That means it is not a major player, because they know all the players, they know who they are. I wouldn't be that surprised because the Times is totally corrupt and dishonest. I wouldn't be surprised, what they write, forget it. Every day I have articles, every single day."
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.