Trump Orders NYTimes To Reveal Op-Ed Source For “National Security” Purposes

Time to get the lawyers involved…

A clearly fuming President Trump has escalated his fight with The New York Times following tonight’s anonymous White-House-insider op-ed.

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Trump begins by questioning whether a source actually exists: “Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?”

And then comes over the top by playing the “Nation Security” threat card, demanding they hand over the source: “If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”


While we are waiting for NYTimes’ response, CNN has put together the Top 12 potential sources of the op-ed  based on what we know about the various factions, likes, dislikes, motivations and ambitions within the Trump administration. These are in no particular order.

Don McGahn

We know the White House counsel is a short-timer — planning to leave in the fall. We also know that McGahn has clashed with Trump repeatedly in the past — refusing Trump’s order to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. And McGahn has already shown a willingness to look out for the broader public good, sitting down for more than 30 hours with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to aid their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Dan Coats

The Director of National Intelligence is very much a part of the long-term Washington establishment, having spent not one but two stints in the nation’s capital as a senator from Indiana. Coats has also shown a tendency to veer from the Trump songbook. Informed of Trump’s plans to invite Russian president Vladimir Putin for a summit in the United States this fall, Coats said “That is going to be special” — a line that drew the ire of the President.

Kellyanne Conway

I think it is uniquely possible that someone willing to pen an op-ed this bold and critical of Trump — and in the paper he hate-loves more than any other — might take significant measures to cover their tracks. And Conway is someone who has survived for a very long time in the political game. And not by being dumb or not understanding which way the wind blows. Plus, there is the X-factor of her husband — George — whose Twitter feed regularly trolls Trump.

John Kelly

The chief of staff has clashed repeatedly with the President and seems to be on borrowed time. Kelly sees his time in the job as serving his country in the only way left to him. Might he view exposing Trump in this way as a last way to be of service?

Jeff Sessions

Sessions sticks out as a possibility for a simple reason: He’s got motive. No one has been more publicly maligned by Trump than his attorney general. Trump has repeatedly urged Sessions to use the Justice Department for his own pet political concerns. And this week, Sessions found out that Trump has referred to him as “mentally retarded” and mocked his southern accent, according to a new book by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. Sessions is also someone who spent two decades in the Senate prior to being named attorney general by Trump after the 2016 election.

James Mattis

The defense secretary has been Trump’s favorite Cabinet member. But the quotes attributed to Mattis in Woodward’s book are VERY rough on Trump, though Mattis quickly denied that he ever said them. And if anyone has less to lose than Mattis — he is a decorated military man serving his country again — it’s hard to figure out who that would be. Plus, Mattis is an ally of John Kelly (see above) and Rex Tillerson, the former secretary of state that Trump ran out on a rail.

Fiona Hill

Hill, a Russian expert who joined the Trump administration from the Brookings Institute, a DC think tank, might have reason to so publicly clash with Trump. She is far more skeptical about Russia’s motives than Trump — and was notably left out when Trump and Putin huddled on the sides of the G20 meeting in Germany in 2017. She was a close adviser to national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who was removed from the White House. And, she was also reportedly mistaken for a clerk by Trump in one of her earliest meetings with him on Russia.

Mike Pence

The vice president is all smiles, nods and quiet, deferential loyalty in public. Which of course means that he has the perfect cover to write something like this in The New York Times. Pence is also ambitious — and there’s no question he wants to be president. But would taking such a risk as writing this scathing op-ed be a better path to the White House than just waiting Trump out?

Nikki Haley

The United Nations ambassador is, like Pence, one of Trump’s favorites. She is also, however, someone deeply engaged on the world stage and a voice of concern when it comes to how the President views Russia and Putin. Haley, again like Pence, is ambitious and has her eye on national office. Would this service that goal?


The combination of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump — Javanka! — writing this op-ed would be right out of a soap opera. But that is sort of a perfect way to describe the Trump administration, right? Ivanka Trump said she would work to make her voice heard to her father, but there’s little evidence he’s listened much to her or her husband. Might this be a bit of revenge?

Melania Trump

To be clear, I don’t think the first lady did this. But her willingness to send messages when she is unhappy with her husband or his administration is unmistakable. (“I really don’t care. Do U?”) And, if you believe this administration and Trump are governed by reality shows rules, then Melania writing the op-ed is the most reality TV thing EVER.


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  1. It makes a lot more sense to think the Times made this story up. Is it anyone listed above? I doubt it because those people would be aware that supporters of Trump don’t care about the retoric. We care about results and we get them. There is no new info here. So why bring it up if not for anything more than a diversion. I think the Times has a lot more to gain from this story than anybody in the White house does.

    1. Quite frankly, who cares how Trump Govern’s . It’s the bottom line that counts and in spite of all the RINO’S he is getting things done. We ALL need to vote the socialists democrats out of office. Would give plenty to be in the same room with Chuckie when he looses his job.

  2. I agree with Shelly. Times is most likely. Don’t think any of the above want to face “court time”. It could be more likely someone “down the ladder”.

  3. The Times will not comply, of course. But I have reached a point where any anonymous source has zero credibility in my view and therefore deserves being ignored until and unless classified national secrets are released, at which time they need found out and prosecuted.

  4. I think this could be just another fake news campaign to take a shot at Trump. The left hopes this could help more democrats win in the midterm elections. The fact that this story came out while the annual budget battle is going on with a possibility of a government shutdown that the democrats want to blame Trump for and, the closeness to the midterm elections.

    1. I too believe these fake stories are mean to keep Trump and his agenda off balance. No real substance and just something for everyone to talk about to keep attention away from them. You know the authorities are getting very close to revealing the moles in this admin.

    2. Goebbels would be proud of US main stream media…and how they manipulate reality…but American people are not buying it any more…MAGA and MASA!

  5. Its about time to drag these fools into court and teach the rest of them that fake nonsense like this wrapped as a news editorial borders on sedition and does indeed imperil national security.
    If the refuse to give up the name of the source, then charges of sedition should be filed against the paper as they are indeed working against the administration and attempting to overthrow it by making it ineffective.

  6. I agree that it makes more sense that the New York Times fabricated this story to screw up the White House before the election gets here! If this is found to be true then they should be yanked from media industry as a treasonous entity and allow the American people to stomp them.

    1. If this can be proved to be a fabricated story, then several people should be prosecuted and the paper should be sued civilly. The writer, the editor, and anybody who moved this article along should be criminally prosecuted for sedition, acts of treason (since we are at war) and anything else that can be thrown at them. Make an example out of them.

  7. It’s all laid out in the book “The Naked Communist” by Cleon Skousen written in 1958! The communist goals are listed starting on page 259. Some goal examples are, “Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States” [Democrats are captured} “Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture—education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc” “Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI”, “Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy making positions” [NY Times etc] “Do away with loyalty oaths” [Obama did that for new citizens] “Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV’ “Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principal of separation of church and state” I could go on and on with their goals but you get it. The left has accomplished every single communist goal that was set in 1958! Read the book. It will all come together.

  8. Pour a can of gasoline and spread out all over, then lit it, it will burst a little fire, as it spread out, then blame the President. THIS IS WHAT THE MEDIA IS DOING TO THE PRESIDENT IN ORDER TO THEIR ATTENTION TO THE PUBLIC, BUT THE PEOPLE IS NOT THAT STUPID TO BELIEVE THE “FAKE NEWS.”


  9. Clearly sedition and treason. for the attacks on President Trump to be so coordinated it has to be under the drumbeat of islam. Since islam now controls the media through owning shares through the sovereign islamic hedge funds and uses the insider knowledge of the trades to make fortunes for those who make favorable decisions for islam by giving them option advice.

    Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(2)(J), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

  10. The Donald will go down in history because he was not part of the DC swamp but did what He believed was right for the United States.

  11. None of these people are the leaker; if there really is one. If the leaker is a real person look for a very partisan civil service democrat This sounds like a person who does more talking about Trump than doing their job. The document in question was either hand-delivered or sent by FedEx, UPS or other mail delivery service. If enough $$ are put on the table you will get the name PDQ.

  12. Damn cheap liberal. If this is indeed true from a White House insider then that person should be fired
    immediately and any possible law violation should be brought to bare.

  13. THE NYT is definitely the “RAG” lying news outlet…….Would like to place those corn cobs right up their rumps….They already were fed the corn being the swines they are and wallowing in the mud…….

  14. I can claim to be a fairy that rides on the back of a pink unicorn, that doesn’t mean it’s true! The author, cowardly author, of this garbage can claim to be a Senior officicial but not only may that be fabricated. If not fabricated, there are dozens, maybe hundreds with a mere title- a big nobody with a title. I hope the WH learns the ID of author & has them ousted then prosecuted as a TRAITOR. I say, follow the $. Probably another PAID obstructionist, paid by the likes of Soros, Steyer or one of HRC’s criminal crony!

  15. Why would church leaders be frightened. Trump has no history of vendettas against the Church. I thought printing anonymous and unattributed Op-eds that leveled charges without substantiation was illegal and certainly unethical. The accused are entitled to meet their accuser.

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