Trump's actions 'detrimental' to country's health, says anonymous official

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According to the author, a number of appointees have made promises behind the president's back to work against him whenever "more misguided impulses" threaten American institutions.

Mike Huckabee spoke out Wednesday on The Intelligence Report against the frequent use of anonymous sources in veteran reporter Bob Woodward's new book about Trump's White House.

US President Donald Trump faces an organised resistance from within his own administration - people who want to "frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", according to a New York Times op-ed by an unnamed author.

"We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the paper chose to publish this pathetic, reckless and selfish op-ed", Sanders said in a statement.

However, whoever it may be, this newly published editorial reveals that someone in the White House does feel as though the administration's job is to build a wall between Trump and America - and regardless of how many are willing to say so publicly, this individual says numerous others are doing the same work. Trump, the essay contends, has no discernible principles that guide him in his decision-making process.

"We fully recognise what is happening".

"They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them because they're very dishonest people", Trump said of the New York Times.

The anonymous author wrote in the Times that where Trump has had successes, they have come "despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".

The author said, "This isn't the work of the so-called deep state".

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The article further fueled accusations by critics that Trump was unstable and unfit for the presidency, and seemed likely to resurrect talk among some Democrats about potentially impeaching the president should they take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November elections.

The opinion piece pointed out that the Trump administration has pushed ahead with sanctions against North Korea and Russian, even while the president himself had expressed great admiration for Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Woodward's book is the latest to throw the Trump administration into damage-control mode with explosive anecdotes and concerns about the commander in chief.

The book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", says he did so following a mock-interview he conducted with Trump in anticipation of sitting down with special counsel Robert Mueller.

The White House has called for the resignation of the senior administration official who wrote the piece. "Mikey's got a pretty good chokehold and I've said some pretty harsh words, so please keep your seatbelts fastened and enjoy your peanuts and tax cuts!'"

"None of them voted for a gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times".

The Times said disclosing the name of the official, who is known to the publication, would jeopardize the official's job, and said publishing the piece anonymously was the only way to deliver an important perspective to readers. The piece closes: There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first.

FILE - White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House, May 7, 2018.

In an official written statement, the White House also attacked the opinion column and criticized its author.

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