Here are some updates on the story of the New York Times op-ed by the alleged “senior White House official” who smugly claims he’s part of a secret cabal that thwarts President Trump from doing things of which they disapprove:
To the surprise of nobody whose brain cell count tops three digits, all the real senior officials whose names you might know (Pence, Pompeo, Coats, etc.) strongly denied that they or anyone on their staffs wrote it (in Pence’s words, “Our office is above such amateur acts.”) As I noted yesterday, there are hundreds of staffers in every branch of the government with titles and egos that lead them to believe they’re more important than they really are.
Trump’s excellent Press Secretary called the op-ed “another example of the liberal media’s concerted effort to discredit the President” and its writer a coward who has chosen to deceive rather than support the President, who is putting his ego ahead of the will of the American people, and who should do the right thing and resign.
I agree, but in all fairness to the New York Times, let’s not overlook the possibility that it might simply be yet another example of fake news and he doesn’t exist at all. Call me a cockeyed optimist, but I do like to give people the benefit of the doubt, and nothing deserves more doubts than a New York Times editorial about the inner workings of the Trump Administration.
Finally, an anonymous major GOP donor has reportedly offered a $50,000 cash reward for information leading to the identification of the writer. So if he really does exist, he might want to consider turning himself in for the reward money. His identity will eventually come out, and he’s going to need every dime he can muster to survive that long period of time until Hell freezes over or someone else offers him another job, whichever comes first.