(NBC News) “It wasn’t me” has become a rallying cry among White House staff in the wake of Wednesday’s bombshell anonymous New York Times op-ed from an anonymous self described member of the “resistance” in the Trump administration.
“Can you believe it, anonymous, meaning gutless, a gutless editorial,” a visibly angry President Trump said of the essay shortly after its publication.
The senior administration official called out President Trump’s “amorality” and claimed to be part of a quiet resistance working from within to frustrate parts of the president’s agenda and his worst inclinations.
The White House has attacked the anonymous writer and the newspaper that published it, with President Trump suggesting it amounts to treason.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders slammed the writer and “the media’s wild obsession” with the writer’s identity, tweeting “if you want to know who wrote it, call the New York Times.”
The Secretaries of State, Homeland Security, Defense, Treasury and more have issued a flood of denials.
“If you’re not in a position to execute the commander’s intent, you have a singular option, that is to leave,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Vice President Mike Pence’s office wrote “we are above such amateur acts” and even First Lady Melania Trump warned “you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions.”