by WorldTribune Staff, September 6, 2018
The group Americans for Limited Government suggested lie detector tests for White House staff following an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times by a so-called “senior Trump administration official” who claimed to be part of a group of people “working diligently from within” to impede President Donald Trump’s agenda.
The group’s president Rick Manning said in a statement: “Every single person within the White House, starting with the National Security Council staff, should be polygraphed and anyone who fails or refuses to take a lie detector should be shown the door. It is that simple. It is time to rid the White House of the vermin who joined the administration with a goal of undermining it.”
Drudge’s headline put it well: “NYT: Saboteur Inside White House.”
Washington Times columnist Cheryl K. Chumley noted: “That’s code for: This is one heck of an attack on the president and we just couldn’t let it go unpublished.”
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald said an un-self-aware “coward” who is part of an “unelected cabal” wrote the anonymous op-ed.
Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept, tweeted: “The irony in the op-ed from the NYT’s anonymous WH coward is glaring and massive: s/he accuses Trump of being ‘anti-democratic’ while boasting of membership in an unelected cabal that covertly imposes their own ideology with zero democratic accountability, mandate or transparency.”
Trump called the New York Times piece a “gutless editorial” and a “disgrace.”
“Nobody has ever done in less than a two-year period what we have done,” the president said. “So when you tell me about some anonymous source within the administration, probably who’s failing, and probably here for all the wrong reasons.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on the author of the op-ed to “do the right thing and resign” from his or her post.
“The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States. He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people. This coward should do the right thing and resign,” Sanders said.
The New York Times defended the piece, saying “we believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers.”
New York Times op-ed page editor Jim Dao said the agreed-upon description of the anonymous author was “senior official in the Trump administration.” He declined to say just how “senior” the writer is.
Dao said only a “very small number of people within the Times” know writer’s identity, but he declined to name them. He said “we have taken a number of special precautions to protect the person’s identity.”
The op-ed came on the same week that the excerpts from Bob Woodward’s book “Fear” were released. Dao said that as far as he knows, “this is a coincidence.”
Americans for Limited Government’s Manning concluded: “No president should be surrounded by simple yes men, but the author’s claim, that mirrors previous year-old media interviews with national security staff, demonstrates there are those within the White House staff who believe that they have the responsibility to veto decisions made by the duly elected President of the United States. The fact that President Trump hired a large number of staff which opposed his presidency was and is his original sin. And while it seems shocking now, the fact these rats are now inspired to anonymously undermine him may turn out for the best if it forces the President to clean house in favor of those who actually support his agenda.”