Pompeo said it "shouldn't surprise anyone" that the New York Times chose to print "such a piece" and if the piece actually was written by a top USA official the outlet "should not have chosen to take a disgruntled, deceptive, bad actor's word for anything". "So, yes, I think we need to get to the bottom of it".
Donald Trump's defenders, led by Vice President Mike Pence, were out in force on Sunday following a turbulent week capped by the publication of an anonymous New York Times opinion piece savaging the president.
The book's premise was further bolstered last week by an op-ed in The New York Times in which an anonymous senior official described secret "resistance" members around the "impetuous" and "petty" President who are "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations". "The coward should do the right thing and resign".
Zaid argued that if the author really intends to curb Trump, there was "greater value" in maintaining their position.
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Mattis is in India along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to attend the maiden India-US 2+2 dialogue being hosted by their Indian counterparts External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Trump's comments came at the end of a tumultuous week for the White House and on a day when he was eager to engage on a range of topics, seemingly testing which ideas could help him generate headlines and divert attention from questions raised in recent days about whether he is firmly in control of his administration.
The op-ed also continued a pattern of leaks and betrayals from within the administration that have contributed to several unflattering exposes, including Michael Wolfe's "Fire and Fury" and Bob Woodward's "Fear" that describes the Trump White House as "crazy town".
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Regardless, she'll perform in Raleigh on January 27, followed by January 29 at Charlotte's Spectrum Center. Cher, who has won Oscar, Emmy and Grammy awards, will be honored at the Kennedy Center later this year.
The White House has struggled to respond to the op-ed.
In rare support from a Democrat, President Donald Trump received the benefit of the doubt Sunday from former N.Y. Governor and N.Y. Democratic Party Chairman David Paterson, who ripped the "cabal in the White House that's working against the president".
"You look at the operation of this White House and you have to say, 'Let's hope to God we don't have a crisis, '" Woodward said in an interview that aired Sunday on "CBS Sunday Morning". He said he had talked to more than 100 people, and that half of them are key sources for the book.
But Trump lambasted Woodward's account as a "phony story".
Paterson also rebuked the media's complicity in sowing discord against the White House and the USA president.
Woodward has said he stands by his reporting.
Swift denials followed from others in the Trump administration. The U.S. president has a base of supporters who embrace or ignore the chaos.