Trump officials race to deny authorship of NY Times op-ed

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Members of President Donald Trump's cabinet denied that they are the source of an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times that says there's a secret "resistance" in the White House plotting to derail many of the president's actions.

The New York Times made the rare move of publishing an anonymous op-ed from a senior White House official claiming to be among a network of personnel protecting the country from Trump.

"It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't," the piece reads.

"It's certainly not a good journalistic practice to do an op-ed in somebody else's voice who is going to remain nameless,” said Republican political analyst Mike Dawidziak. “On the other side, it's not treason either."

Dawidziak wouldn't comment on the claims made throughout the editorial because he doesn't know where they came from.

"Without knowing who it was, it's very hard to know how much weight you should put on it," he said.

After the op-ed was published, President Trump tweeted, “TREASON?”

The first lady also put out a statement calling the op-ed writer "cowardly" and several White House officials have put out statements denying that the editorial came from them.

However, some in Washington think if the contents of the "op-ed" are true, something needs to be done.

"If senior members of the administration think the president cannot perform his duties, they should invoke the 25th amendment,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

That amendment allows for the removal of the president, if he's deemed to be unfit. For that to happen, two-thirds of Congress must vote to remove him.

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