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  Posted 08 September 2018 - 09:15 PM

Reports: White House Zeroing In On Author Of NYT “Resistance” Op-Ed?

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Posted at 4:01 pm on September 8, 2018

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Yesterday, citing a source outside the West Wing, the Times itself reported that Trump’s team had narrowed it down to a list of 12 or so people. If you believe CNN, it sounds like the list has gotten smaller since then:

Aides to President Donald Trump believe they have the search for the anonymous author of the New York Times op-ed that shook the political world down to a few individuals, a source close to the White House told CNN on Friday.

Trump is still “obsessed” with finding the person, though he is being counseled by White House chief of staff John Kelly to let it pass, to avoid bringing more attention to the claims in the op-ed. The opinion piece was written by an anonymous senior administration official alleging an internal resistance to the President in his own administration.

CNN doesn’t know who the remaining suspects are — but it’s interesting that Kelly wants to move on from it. You can chalk that up to basic good politics if you like. Every day that the op-ed remains in the news is a day that voters are being reminded that someone in Trump’s own administration thinks he’s dangerously unfit for office.

But you might also speculate that Kelly wants to move on because he fears (knows?) that he might be in hot water if and when the author’s name is revealed. New from Gabriel Sherman:

According to three sources, Jared and Ivanka floated a theory on Wednesday that Kelly could be behind the Times op-ed. Under this scenario, the sources said, the op-ed was written by Zachary Fuentes, the deputy chief of staff, at the direction of Kelly. Jared and Ivanka have told people they suspect this because Kelly is the only one with an ego so large as to have convinced himself that he’s saving the country from Trump, which was one of the op-ed’s principal arguments. On Wednesday night, Ivanka and Jared laid out for Trump the theory that Fuentes might be the author, an outside adviser with knowledge of the conversation told me. (A White House spokesperson said this is “untrue.” Fuentes has denied writing the piece.)

Trump is reportedly unconvinced by the Fuentes theory, which may be nothing more than Javanka cooking up a smear to bring down their old enemy Kelly. If you reason that it’s likely Kelly’s fingerprints are on the op-ed somehow after all his sturm and drang with Trump over the past year but also unlikely that he’d do something as dishonorable as fragging his own boss anonymously in the Times, then him putting Fuentes up to writing it makes some sense. Both men deny it, though.

And Fuentes isn’t the only deputy whose name is being kicked around. A pair of interesting tweets yesterday from two very tapped-in reporters after Nikki Haley’s op-ed was published:

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This Nikki Haley piece is getting a bit of attention inside the WH. And not in a good way. https://t.co/v3V2uKmzWF

— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) September 7, 2018

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Posted 08 September 2018 - 09:34 PM

There may have only been one author, but their column was titled "I am part of the resistance..."

So if there is a short list, best option is to fire them all.

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Posted 08 September 2018 - 09:49 PM

I think President Trump is trolling the NYT and knows they made up the source Trump is having fun with NYT times making fools of themselves.😀

Or it was ALF.😎
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Posted 08 September 2018 - 09:52 PM

NYT just outed the deep state, which they claimed didn't exist.
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Posted 08 September 2018 - 10:14 PM

Again, I say that the NYT is orchestrating with the deep state and they made this shidt up.
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Posted 08 September 2018 - 10:15 PM

 Kilmerfan, on 08 September 2018 - 09:52 PM, said:

NYT just outed the deep state, which they claimed didn't exist.

:yeahthat:
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Posted 09 September 2018 - 06:16 AM

 Rock N, on 08 September 2018 - 10:14 PM, said:

Again, I say that the NYT is orchestrating with the deep state and they made this shidt up.


The timing of this whole thing makes me tend to agree, why would a senior official in the Trump administration put this out there just before the midterms? Makes no sense...

This post has been edited by NH Populist: 09 September 2018 - 06:17 AM

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 06:33 AM

 Rock N, on 08 September 2018 - 10:14 PM, said:

Again, I say that the NYT is orchestrating with the deep state and they made this shidt up.

:yeahthat:
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Posted 09 September 2018 - 09:11 AM

Why would I give an opinion piece authored by a nameless individual ANY CREDENCE?. Opinion has value based on the person holding the opinion. There is absolutely no value to this "op-ed". .
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