Fallout after anonymous Times op-ed blasts Trump
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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, seizing on the New York Times op-ed from an anonymous Trump administration official, told CNN that it’s time to use constitutional powers to remove President Trump from office.
Senator Rand Paul just said that anyone with a security clearance who works in the White House should undergo a lie detector test to fish out who wrote the op-ed. Here's the full exchange:
Reporter: What do you make of this op ed in the NYT…?
Sen. Rand Paul:
An administration official said White House aides were struggling this morning to get ahead of the anonymous New York Times op-ed, as various cabinet and other top officials were releasing their own statements throughout the day.
The official said the White House "wanted a more coordinated response" to the op-ed.
Instead, there were statements coming from a slew of top officials at all hours of the morning even as the press secretary was posting a tweet attacking the New York Times.
"Didn't seem very organized," is how the official described the process.
Two more Trump administration officials joined the chorus to say no, they did not write the stunning anonymous New York Times op-ed.
White House Counsel Don McGahn, on the Hill for the Kavanaugh hearing, just told CNN’s Daniella Diaz that he did not write the op-ed in the New York Times.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos didn't write it either, a spokesperson for the department tweeted.
High-ranking officials in the Trump administration are denying they or their offices authored the infamous anonymous op-ed in The New York Times.
Here are a few administration officials:
- US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley: In response to a CNN question about whether she wrote the op-ed, Haley said, "no."
- CIA Director Gina Haspel: Asked if she wrote the op-ed, agency spokesperson Timothy Barrett told CNN, “no.”
- Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao: "For those who have inquired, this is to confirm that Secretary Chao is not the author of the op-ed," Marianne McInerney, a spokeswoman for the department, said.
- Energy Secretary Rick Perry: "I am not the author of the New York Times OpEd, nor do I agree with its characterizations," Perry tweeted. "Hiding behind anonymity and smearing the President of the United States does not make you an 'unsung hero', it makes you a coward, unworthy of serving this Nation."
- Labor Department Secretary Alexander Acosta: "The Secretary does not play these sophomoric Washington games. He is definitely not the author," a Department of Labor spokesperson told CNN.
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie: "Neither Secretary Wilkie nor anyone else at VA wrote the op-ed," VA spokesperson Curtis Cashour told CNN, also pointing to Sanders' tweet.
- Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget: Spokespersons for the OMB and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau both denied that Mulvaney wrote the Times op-ed.
- Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: Asked if Perdue was the author, Tim Murtaugh, a department spokesman, said "no" and referred to Sanders' tweet lambasting the media.
First lady Melania Trump, in a statement to CNN, defended the press, but she went on to criticize the anonymous author of the New York Times op-ed.
Read her statement: