The mood is undoubtedly tense at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this week after an op-ed in the New York Times revealed a possible rat in the White House.
The piece, which was allegedly penned by a self-proclaimed “resistance” movement leader working inside the Trump administration, claimed that several members of the President’s inner circle were actively working to sabotage the agenda of the President. This sabotage was characterized in the piece as both passive and active, with the President’s wishes simply ignored at times, and with important executive documents being secretly removed from his desk.
Slate published a theory on the identity of this ne’er do well yesterday, guessing that Jon Huntsman was the likely culprit.
Now, the President has apparently narrowed his possible list as well.
In an interview with North Dakota television station KVLY on Friday, Trump was asked if he had an idea as to who wrote the piece. He was in Fargo to campaign for GOP Senate candidate Kevin Cramer.
“I could think of four or five, mostly people that either I don’t like or don’t respect,” he said. While he didn’t name names, he predicted that the identity would soon become public and said people think it’s “disgusting” the piece was published.
Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway told CNN in an interview that Trump believes it’s “somebody in national security” and said she doesn’t think it is a White House official.
From the very beginning of the Trump presidency there have been rampant unauthorized leaks of information streaming from within the White House. This has, in turn, caused the President to shake up his staff on several occasions, leading to wild speculation in the media as to the true state of affair in the Oval Office.