Trump slams damning New York Times op-ed as ‘gutless’

Anonymous official cites Trump ‘amorality’ in NY Times op-ed

Anonymous official cites Trump ‘amorality’ in NY Times op-ed

That won't be news to anyone who's been following, well, the news. "But we will always have his example - a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue".

The senior administration official's op-ed offered extensive insights into the unvarnished thoughts of a top official, but the op-ed was in keeping with reports throughout Trump's presidency.

See, the author of this op-ed may have slipped up and used a word not in most people's lexicon: "lodestar".

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence's office also denied the president's number two was behind the piece.

The writer of the Times op-ed said Trump aides are aware of the president's faults and "are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't". Did he pen the damning op-ed?

In the wake of the explosive article, thousands of Twitter users began to speculate who the senior official was that had written the letter, many of them citing Pence as the author.

Kimmel then played a montage of Vice President Mike Pence using the word "lodestar".

However there are other theories, one being that the author could have been Mr Pence's speechwriter rather than the VP himself.

No doubt President Trump is going to react well to this one.

"To cover my tracks, I usually pay attention to other staffers' idioms and use that in my background quotes".

"I come from a place where if you're not in a position to execute the commander's intent, you have a singular option, that is to leave", Pompeo said, according to CBS News.

I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

Lodestar - what does it mean?

As Washington entered into a whirlwind round of "Who Dunnit" after the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed Wednesday afternoon detailing a resistance-style effort inside the Trump White House to undermine the president's authority, senior administration officials are now stepping forward to say it wasn't them.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary's word of the day states lodestar is "a star that leads or guides, especially the north star; one that serves as an inspiration, model or guide". The New York Times said that there was a tweet that was referring to this person as a he, but that that was a mistake. After the president spoke, Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, released a statement.

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