Pence denies writing piece

A day after a senior administration official described President Trump as amoral, impetuous, petty and ineffective in an anonymous essay, the denials from the upper echelon of the administration started to roll in.

By New York Times News Service in Washington
  • Published 7.09.18
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Washington: A day after a senior administration official described President Trump as amoral, impetuous, petty and ineffective in an anonymous essay, the denials from the upper echelon of the administration started to roll in.

The mystery writer is not Vice-President Mike Pence, a spokesman said Thursday. "Our office is above such amateur acts," the vice-president's spokesman, Jarrod Agen, said in a morning Twitter post, referring to the Op-Ed published on Wednesday in The New York Times.

"It is not mine," Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, said.

"Patently false," said Dan Coats, the national intelligence director, responding to rumours that he or his principal deputy wrote the piece. "We did not."

The author, whose identity is known to The Times editorial page department but was not shared with the reporters who cover the White House, describes him or herself as one of many senior officials in the Trump administration who are "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".

Since the piece was published, there has been a scramble to identify the anonymous official, prompting text analysis and speculation about motive.