Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump aides claim anonymous 'resistance' op-ed is national security risk

Trump aides claim anonymous 'resistance' op-ed is national security risk

I'm 100pc confident that no-one on the vice president's staff was involved in this anonymous editorial.

The vice president declined to speculate on whether someone had purposely inserted the word "lodestar" into the Times op-ed to set him up, telling Wallace simply, "I wouldn't know".

The New York Times reported last week that Trump administration officials have considered using lie detector tests to find out who wrote the op-ed. 5th ROW (L-R) US Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon, White House Counsel Don McGahn, US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, (L), HHS Secretary Alex Azar, Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.

"If senior administration officials think the president of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment", Sen.

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Pence declined to say what, if any, law the author of the piece might have broken but maintained in his interview on Fox News that Trump's "concern is that this individual may have responsibilities in the area of national security".

The vice president says his aides are as dedicated as he is to advancing Trump's agenda. "Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them", the controversial piece read.

Pence has called on Mueller to wrap up his expansive probe, which is also reviewing whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice as the investigation proceeded. "You don't know that and I don't know that".

With Trump having clearly expressed his ire over the anonymous op-ed, White House staffers toggled between playing down the significance of the criticism and denouncing the author.

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Pence is one of several White House officials who denied writing the op-ed. But it would not be unprecedented for a member of the national security team to buck the president, according to a book to be published next week by the reporter Bob Woodward.

In an interview with "Fox News Sunday", the vice president was asked if all top officials should submit to a polygraph test on the matter.

As MSN reports, Omarosa shares the opinion of various internet sleuths, saying that she believes the writer of the damning editorial about the Trump White House is none other than Vice President Mike Pence.

The fresh uproar at the White House and questions about Trump's leadership style and personality could not come at a worse time for Republicans, with less than two months to go before midterm elections in which Democrats hope to cripple his presidency by winning the House of Representatives.

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