WASHINGTON – US Vice President Mike Pence denied on Thursday having written the anonymous opinion piece that appeared in the New York Times, in which an alleged top administration official harshly criticizes President Donald Trump.
“The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds,” Pence’s director of communications, Jarrod Agen, said in a Twitter post.
“The @nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed. Our office is above such amateur acts,” Agen said.
The opinion piece was published on Wednesday and its author’s name was only revealed to the newspaper’s editorial board.
The op-ed has stirred up controversy in the United States and exacerbated Trump’s wrath against certain media outlets, as it takes aim at the president’s “amorality” and his “anti-democratic” impulses, while mentioning the existence of a “quiet resistance” within the administration.
“Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office,” the text says.
According to the op-ed, top administration officials had discussed invoking the 25th amendment of the Constitution against Trump, which mentions the possibility that the president may be replaced by the vice president when the first is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
The text, however, states that “no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.”
Trump has blasted the New York Times on social media since the op-ed was published, questioning whether the author is really a top administration official, while saying that if it were true, “the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once.”