'Trump will go nuclear': Pundits respond to anonymous 'coup' published by NYT

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The Times published the op-ed just as reviews of veteran Washington journalist Bob Woodward's latest book, Fear: Trump Inside the White House, were released to the public this week.

He suggested it "may not be a Republican, it may not be a conservative, it may be a deep state person who has been there for a long time". Judge Kavanaugh's appearance has been notable for his dodging questions on presidential powers, Roe vs. Wade, and whether he would recuse himself from any potential cases involving President Trump. "Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making", the official wrote, adding that aides work around Trump to make sure his desires are not enforced. Fox News host Sean Hannity called the author of the op-ed a "swamp sewer creature who can't stand that there is a new sheriff in town". Melania is concerned about how Donald is going to hold up, and with good reason.

Trump went on a private hunt to discover the identity of the author, who characterized Trump as an amoral and temperamental threat to the nation surrounded by concerned senior staff and cabinet members diligently working in concert to check his worst impulses. "To be clear in this op-ed, the writer claims when you talk about taxes when you talk about deregulation and the military that he or she agrees with the president on that matter".

"People with no names are writing our nation's history", the first lady said in a statement.

Anonymous opinion pieces are unusual at the Times, too, but the paper has gone there before - most recently in June, when it published an op-ed by an unnamed Salvadorian asylum-seeker. His deputy chief of staff said Pence's office is "above such amateur acts".

The Beltway guessing game seeped into the White House, as current and former staffers traded calls and texts trying to figure out who could have written the piece, some turning to reporters and asking them for clues.

Because of the inherent ambiguity of anonymity - the term "senior administration official" could apply to hundreds, not all close to the President - and the New York Times' antagonistic relationship with the President, the op-ed has poured fuel on the narratives of both sides of the political divide, either confirming a Deep State conspiracy to destroy the President, or confirming that he is unfit for office.

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"Nothing in this town stays secret forever, and so ultimately I do think we will find out who is the author", he said.

Republican senators said Thursday that a nameless Trump administration official's op-ed criticizing the president would backfire by emboldening Trump and proving to his strong supporters that the establishment is seeking to stop his agenda.

"I would know. I am one of them".