EX-CNN bureau chief: NYT op-ed shows government is in a 'deep crisis'

Former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno said on Thursday that the anonymous New York Times op-ed blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE that was written by a senior White House official is a sign that Washington is in "deep crisis."

"What this is really about is we have a government in deep crisis right now, and that's coming from all sides," Sesno told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." 
 
"Where are the congressional hearings about that? Where is the president of the United States saying, 'Look, stop everybody. I'm the commander in chief. I assume responsibility'?" he continued. 
 
"Stop the blaming. Stop the name calling. We've got to figure out what's going off the rails here, or we're in a big crash. So, that's what's at stake," he said. 
 
The Times published the opinion piece titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration” on Wednesday. 
 
The piece says that administration officials “want the administration to succeed,” but that at the same time they need to work against Trump’s “misguided impulses" and some of his agenda. 
 
The publication said that the person's identity was known to the Times and their "job would be jeopardized" if their name was revealed. 
 
Trump hit back against the op-ed, demanding that the Times turn the author's identity over to the government, calling it a national security issue. 
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