#Lodestar: Who penned explosive New York Times opinion piece?

US President Donald Trump listens to a speaker during a meeting about opioid and drug abuse in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington DC

US President Donald Trump listens to a speaker during a meeting about opioid and drug abuse in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington DC

"Wouldn't that be something it was Mike Pence?". Others argue that the word might be a ploy to divert attention from the real author.

Pence has been using the word "lodestar" in speeches dating back as early as 2001.

The president commented on the op-ed during an appearance with Sheriffs and law enforcement officials at the White House.

That won't be news to anyone who's been following, well, the news.

#Lodestar is now trending as online would-be sleuths compile every time Mr Pence has ever uttered the word in public.

Predictably, rather than focusing on Trump's devastating policies and political appointments, the op-ed focused mostly on his lack of civility: his "misguided impulses", his behavior that is "detrimental to the health of our republic", and his tendency to engage in "repetitive rants".

The only Trump official who has used the word "lodestar" previously is Pence- and he's used it on several occasions.

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The author writes the resistance inside the Trump administration is not the same "resistance" of the left against Trump and said they and like-minded colleagues working to thwart some of Trump's actions "want the administration to succeed ..."

"My speechwriter contact: "It's possible Pence's speechwriter authored it".

Further, an unnamed White House official who frequently leaks to media outlets told Axios in May that he or she is very attentive to the verbal mannerisms of White House coworkers, the better to leave red herrings in leaked quotes. "And I agree, it's different from an agenda that's much different from ours, and it's certainly not your agenda, that I can tell you", he said. It has at times been so obsequious as to attract ridicule, as the Huffington Post has reported.

The New York Times' scathing anti-Donald Trump op-ed, which the paper attributed to "a senior official in the Trump administration", has inspired a parlour game among people trying to figure out the author's name.

"I work for the Gray Lady, but my loyalty is to the Take", it says, satirising what it says is a difference in outlooks between older op-ed writers and younger hires. The New York Times said that there was a tweet that was referring to this person as a he, but that that was a mistake.

The column was released a day after the release of details from an explosive new book by longtime journalist Bob Woodward that raises concerns among the highest echelon of Trump aides about the president's judgment.

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