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Top Trump aides rush to disavow NYTimes 'resistance' article

2018-09-07 10:14:29       source:Straits Times

September 7, 2018

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) -- Top aides to Donald Trump scrambled on Thursday (Sept 6) to deny authorship of an anonymous New York Times opinion column that slammed the US president’s leadership style and described “a quiet resistance” to him within his own administration.

By early afternoon, eight senior officials had disavowed the piece, including Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis, while hammering the author for writing it and the Times for publishing it.

Mr Trump seethed about the piece and presented it as one more jab from the ranks of disgruntled critics in denial about his presidential successes, even as Washington was consumed with speculation about who wrote it.

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