Pence denies discussing invoking 25th Amendment to oust Trump

Arturo Kim
September 9, 2018

The New York Times has beefed up its security in light of the controversial op-ed it published this week penned by an unnamed senior Trump administration official.

He told reporters, "It's not mine" and said The Times should not "have chosen to take a disgruntled deceptive bad actor's word for anything and put it in their newspaper".

Yesterday, Mr Trump called on Jeff Sessions, the head of the justice department, to open an investigation to unmask the senior official behind the critical article.

"I think that if we're going to meet it's got to be a fair meeting", he said.

In fact, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was so infuriated trying to defend the president when asked of the turmoil in the White House as portrayed in the op-ed, she posted the New York Times' opinion desk's number, probably hoping people would heckle the media organization.

Indeed, the piece seemed written deliberately to send the president down a nasty rabbit hole with rants and recriminations - the exact behavior to which the unknown author objected.

Like Haley, Obama spoke out about the way aides were doing end runs around Trump, saying it was irresponsible to think "that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the president's orders". "To the writer of the op-ed - you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions", she said.

The president said if that person had high-level security clearance, "I don't want him in those meetings".

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He told Fox News: "What they've done is virtually, you know, it's treason, you could call it a lot of things".

"What's unfair, I don't mind when they write a book and they make lies because it gets discredited", Mr. Trump said, but it's more hard "when somebody writes and you can't discredit because you have no idea who they are".

"This to me is a signal that there's nothing there with Russia in terms of the president working with the Russians during his campaign", Graham said.

"A lot of people have said they didn't do, nearly all of the high-level people have said that".

The president went as far as to claim he is looking at whether the Times should be punished for publishing the anonymous piece.

The editorial was authored by a "senior official" within the Trump administration, who said that there are many of them within the administration who are working to frustrate many of Trump's agenda. Friday night, Trump asked the state's two senators - Mike Rounds and John Thune - to change libel laws to avoid unfavorable coverage.

President Trump took to Twitter to question whether there even was an scribe at all.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence denied involvement in discussions to invoke the 25th Amendment to oust President Donald Trump, according to his interview with CBS News to be aired in full Sunday.

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