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Trump: No One Will Come Close to Beating Me in 2020, Anonymous Op-ed Writer Is ‘Gutless’

In case you missed the fireworks, a senior administration official wrote a damning op-ed about Donald Trump in The New York Times today.

"TREASON?" Trump asked in a furious volley of tweets.

"This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes", Kelly said.

"If he wins in 2020, a lot of people are going to go nuts. A wounded lion is a very risky animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded". It reinforces the notion this place is a cesspool and if you try to change the place, the swamp creatures come and get you. "If I weren't here, i believe The New York Times probably wouldn't even exist".

The opinion piece, and Woodward's book, which is published next week, follow many news articles during Trump's 19-month presidency that have depicted turbulence at the White House under his leadership.

The book also recounts several episodes in which the president barked dramatic orders on the fly, such as assassinating Syrian President Bashar Assad, only to back down after national security and defense staff simply refused to execute them. "But the results of government are good results".

Ruth Marcus, deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post, told Todd on MSNBC that if the author had come to the Post it would provoke a serious discussion, because the newspaper has not in the past run anonymous op-ed columns.

The piece says administration officials have discussed the possible use of the 25th Amendment. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.).

During an interview with Fox and Friends, conducted onstage prior to Trump's rally and set to air on Friday, the president called the paper's decision to publish the column "very unfair". "Stop", Sanders said. "If you want to know who the gutless loser is, call the opinion desk of the failing NYT".

Pompeo, who was in India, denied writing the anonymous opinion piece, saying, "It's not mine". "It's common currency up here".

"If you're a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation's worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be unsafe with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?" "But we're getting rid of them, '" a source told Axios. "Don't do it anonymously.' It can hurt journalism more than the president".

"When he was super frustrated about the leaks, he would rail about the "snakes" in the White House", said the source.

Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein on Thursday called for Congress to hold hearings on President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea to cooperate with USA in nuclear talks: report Nike to air Kaepernick ad during 'Thursday Night Football: report Brothel owner who won Nevada GOP primary being investigated over sexual assault allegations MORE's fitness for office.

Amid intense speculation on who the mystery author is, on Thursday four top White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said they were not the author and slammed the Times for publishing it.

Many GOP responses fit a familiar pattern of the Trump presidency, with Republicans rebuffing criticism of Trump to point to his record.

Gutfeld said Trump is succeeding on the substantive issues, so his critics focus on his style.

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