New York Times' scabies must be reeling with glee

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In the article, the anonymous writer slams the US president, claims to be part of the "resistance" against Trump to "thwart" his "more misguided impulses", and even reveals that cabinet members once considered using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed Trump's remarks in an official statement, saying voters in 2016 did not choose a "gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times". "Stop", the statement read.

The unsigned piece appeared to reinforce the claims made in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward, excerpts of which were made public Tuesday, that describes a virtual cabal of high-minded White House and cabinet officials scheming to prevent Trump from taking decisions damaging to the U.S. economy and national security.

Trump called the piece a "gutless editorial" and referred to the Times as a "failing" outlet.

The Times dropped the bombshell Wednesday afternoon, in which the "senior" official described an unstable president ill-equipped to do his job, lacking even basic knowledge of world affairs, national security issues and domestic policy.

Trump described the writer of the opinion piece as someone "probably who is failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons".

Jodi Kantor, an investigative reporter with the New York Times, tweeted: 'So basically: Times reporters now must try to unearth the identity of an author that our colleagues in Opinion have sworn to protect with anonymity?

The op-ed's author claims they're part of a resistance within the administration.

The article was a coup for the Times in its endless fight for supremacy with The Washington Post, coming a day after the Post published excerpts from an upcoming book on the Trump administration by Post legend Bob Woodward.

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That helped GDP grow at a 4.2 per cent annualized pace, the best in nearly four years, which Mr Trump credited to his policies. The increase came on the back of a 0.9% increase in imports to a record $261.2 billion, as USA domestic demand remains strong.

Mr Trump said on Twitter: "Isn't it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost".

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Nielsen, along with Pence and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats were among the favourites on Thursday among political gamblers taking an online stab at guessing the author.

Asked by reporters at the United Nations if she wrote the op-ed, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley smiled and said: "No".

Lewandowski then inferred that the writer is part of the "deep state" - meaning career government employees - after which Berman had to point out that writer appears to be a high-ranking Trump appointee. Others argued that the word "lodestar" could have been included to throw people off.

Social media has been flooded with theories and counter-theories as to the author's identity, with speculation ranging from Vice-President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway, to Trump's own daughter, Ivanka, or his wife, Melania.

"I'm draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back".

"I spend more time with the President than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship", he said.

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