Trump calls on Sessions to investigate who wrote 'resistance' op-ed

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Trump said that the column suggested that members of the administration were working against him.

Trump has accused the New York Times of committing "treason" after the paper published the article on Wednesday, which claimed that a coalition was at work within the administration to thwart Trump's "worst inclinations". "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable".

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), meanwhile, advised President Trump to start giving lie detector tests throughout the administration.

She added that one person told Washington correspondent Emily Baum to "print the news, honey!"

In addition to the single source, Schrader said this must put "news staff at the New York Times in an incredibly hard position" because they will most likely want to investigate and report who this source is.

The denials and condemnations came in from far and wide: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis denied authorship on a visit to India; Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke chimed in from American Samoa.

Trump was explaining how his first year and a half in office were driving his Democratic opponents and his critics "crazy", when he turned to the "latest act of resistance".

"People talk about the loyalists leaving", the person close to Trump said.

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The interview, which took place before Trump went on stage, aired Friday morning on Fox & Friends, the President's favorite morning TV show.

"I just wanna thank you a million times over", a woman calling from California said. Another said the "Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going insane - & they don't know what to do", pointing to the growing USA economy as an achievement.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a statement: "Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my principal deputy is patently false".

The president dismissed the article as "gutless" and potentially treasonous, and said his administration was a "well-oiled machine".

The Justice Department declined to confirm or deny an investigation.

Mr Trump has reportedly demanded that aides find out who wrote the piece.

He said it was a "disgrace" for the newspaper to have published the op-ed from a purported senior administration official. "We'd like to think that the Senate wouldn't allow it, but we can't be sure".

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