Republican reaction to New York Times op-ed: Some concern, some shrugs

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He called the opinion piece "sad".

She said although the state of NY has a strong shield law, protecting reporters from revealing their sources, there is no such law at the federal level.

Vice President Mike Pence also denied writing the opinion piece. "Our office is above such amateur acts", Pence's spokesperson said in a tweet Thursday.

"He or she claims to be putting the country first, and that is the right goal", she writes.

The denials and condemnations came in from far and wide: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis denied authorship on a visit to India; Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke chimed in from American Samoa.

CNN has published a letter that was allegedly stolen off of President Donald Trump's desk last September by former White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn. So in the administration's view, anonymity in the media is fine so long as it fits the president's agenda.

James Dao, who runs the Times op-ed page, told CNN he received the article through an intermediary several days ago, calling the timing of piece's publication and the Woodward book "a coincidence". In one tweet, he demanded that the newspaper name the source for legal action.

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Trump wasn't saying Friday whether he'd take the suggestion. The invite was sent out after the POTUS heard Crane complaining on TV about him and other ICE agents had not been invited to the White House. He called it "gutless" and launched into an extended criticism of the newspaper.

Trump regularly attacks the media for focusing on negative news about his administration and decries what he perceives as 'fakes news.' He repeated on Air Force One that he believes libel laws should be strengthened.

Trump allies and political insiders scrambled to unmask the writer.

The official said that early on in the administration, some officials quietly discussed invoking the 25th amendment of the US Constitution, which allows the removal of a president judged unable to perform his duties. That measure defines methods to legally remove a president from office.

"But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis".

Asked if he would take any action against the Times, Trump said, "We're going to see, I'm looking at that right now". This is a new low for the so-called 'paper of record, ' and it should issue an apology, just as it did after the election for its disastrous coverage of the Trump campaign. She said the writer should resign from the administration. Short parts of Fear: Trump in the White House were published Tuesday in The Washington Post.

The piece compared Trump unfavorably to the late Sen. There's a high bar for using anonymous sources in a news story, and deciding not to reveal a writer's identity is often considered a last resort.