Trump Officials Deny They Wrote New York Times Op-Ed

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He accused the media of trying to undermine the Trump administration and said he found that "incredibly disturbing".

Vice President Mike Pence also denied writing the opinion piece. "Our office is above such amateur acts", wrote Jarrod Agen, spokesman for Mike Pence. "Stop", she wrote on Twitter.

Coats said in a statement that speculation that he or his principal deputy wrote the piece was "patently false".

The writer of the Times op-ed said Trump aides are aware of the president's faults and "many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".

Dr Bandy Lee, who edited the bestselling book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, told the New York Daily News on Thursday the staffers contacted her because the president was "scaring" them.

But he or she also tries to be reassuring: "It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room".

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The writer describes the president as "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".

The Times piece called some of Trump's decisions "half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless". She then encouraged those who are curious to "call the opinion desk of the failing NYT", and then proceeded to give out the phone number for the publication.

A furious Trump responded by questioning whether the author even existed, and said that if the person does exist, the writer is "gutless" and must be outed for national security purposes. But lawmakers on Capitol Hill weren't the only ones alarmed by Trump's erratic behaviour, his troubling tweets or his temper.

He called it "a disgrace" and the writer "gutless" during an event with sheriffs at the White House on Wednesday afternoon.

Down Pennsylvania Avenue, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he did not know of any role Congress would have to investigate, though Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a Trump ally, said the legislative body could take part.

Imagine what Democrats would have said had if someone in President Obama's inner circle had publicly denounced his missteps or character flaws with similar disdain.

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"But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis".

If the person is not among the 20 top people in the administration, "the Times just gets creamed", said Tom Bettag, a veteran news producer and now a University of Maryland journalism instructor.

Pompeo said during a trip to India that he was not the author and condemned the Times for publishing it, while Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Mattis did not write the piece.

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Some say the essay was the pathetic "me too" effort by The New York Times to match the scoops in Woodward's book published in The Washington Post. The book is set for release next Tuesday.

The book claims that after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered chemical weapons to be used against civilians in April of past year, Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate Assad.

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Like hundreds of other reporters in Washington, the Times' news staff is trying to find out the writer's name.

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