Kurtz: Anonymous NYT Op-Ed a 'Colossal Act of Political Disloyalty'
Will unknown Trump admin official be revealed?
Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz said the anonymous senior Trump administration official who penned a bombshell New York Times op-ed committed a "colossal act of political disloyalty."
In the piece, titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration," the author claimed to be part of a "resistance" working "from within" to "frustrate parts of [Trump's] agenda and his worst inclinations."
A furious Trump responded by questioning whether the author even existed, and said that if they do exist they are "gutless" and must be outed for national security purposes.
Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
I’m draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back. Don’t worry, we will win!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2018
Kurtz said on "America's Newsroom" on Thursday that the op-ed raises many questions, including why the person would brag in a national newspaper that they are trying to prevent Trump's "wrongheaded decisions" knowing that would only infuriate the president and hurt those same efforts.
As for Trump's statement that the Times' editors should "turn over" the author on national security grounds, Kurtz said there are no classified secrets in the op-ed, just one person's opinion.
He added, however, that he agrees with the president that this anonymous official is "gutless," saying that if they disagree with what's going on in the White House, they should quit.
He noted that the op-ed was published one day after The Washington Post published excerpts from a forthcoming book by longtime reporter Bob Woodward which portray a chaotic Trump White House in which the president is bad-mouthed by members of his staff.
He said the op-ed only furthers the narrative of top aides "frantically trying to restrain the president."
"For the president, who can he trust? How can he feel comfortable in the inner workings of running his government?"
Kurtz said with all of the "journalistic firepower" now devoted to figuring out the writer's identity, he believes the information will eventually come out.
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