Trump calls anonymous op-ed 'gutless'

Donald Trump is calling for the New York Times to reveal who wrote an op-ed attributed to a senior administration official who's critical of the president. ABC News' Emily Rau reports.
2:22 | 09/06/18

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Not a president trump trying to fend off explosive new claims from within his own ranks in a New York Times op at a senior trump administration official claims to be part. Of an internal resistance trying to save the country from what's described. As the president's misguided impulses the president is now demanding the times reveal the name of that official. ABC's Emily route has the latest on that good morning ambling. Good morning Diane. Its attack comes within 24 hours of our first look at that new highly critical book. I reporter Bob Woodward it portrays a similar picture where top aides are tempering the impulses of the president. Nobody has ever done. In less than a two year period. What we've done. Resident trumped defiant after the rare move by New York Times publishing an anonymous letter from a senior administration official who writes I work for the president but like minded colleagues and I had vowed to thwart parts at his agenda and his worst inclinations. The op Ed piece describes a president who is impetuous saying he's in pulls in is results in half baked ill informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back. President trump calling the letter writer gutless and blasting the New York Times when you. Tell me about some anonymous source. Within the administration probably lose failing. And probably here for all the wrong reasons now and the New York Times is valid. And later tweeting a one word questioned treason. Some lawmakers stunned this editorial should give all of us real pause Republican Bob Corker on MSNBC. Not surprised time. This is what. All of us have understood to be this situation. When they want Republican Lindsey Graham defended president trump on CNN. To those who bully. That this man is awful it's just the people around and they keep the sake you don't know what you're talking about. But that anonymous writer from the president's very own teen repeating even very different picture writing Americans should know there are adults in the room we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't. And it all of this backlash the New York Times east standing by its piece this morning releasing a statement saying we are incredibly proud to a published this piece. The and it's around Ryan certainly making headlines Emily route from DC thank you.

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