NY Times op-ed ‘screams Republican elite’ who ‘sold their soul,’ says conservative White House reporter

The Daily Caller’s White House correspondent, Saagar Enjeti, on Thursday slammed the anonymous senior administration official who published an op-ed criticizing President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE in The New York Times.

“That op-ed screams Republican elite who has sold their soul, so to speak,” Enjeti told Hill.TV "Rising" co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising."

“They talk about historic tax reform and an anti-trade agenda – this is really a Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFive takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump MORE, Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report — Emergency declaration to test GOP loyalty to Trump Don’t look for House GOP to defy Trump on border wall GOP lawmaker comes out against Trump's emergency declaration MORE acolyte who decided to take a cushy job in the administration,” he added, referring to the Speaker and former GOP presidential nominee.

In the op-ed, the unidentified author denounced Trump’s “anti-trade” and "anti-democratic" impulses, but praised some of his policies.

“There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more,” the official wrote.

But the author said these success have “come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style.”

Shortly after the op-ed was published, Trump lashed out, questioning whether the author really existed. The president said if the source was real, they were “gutless” and demanded that they turn themselves over to government officials.

But The Times noted that such a disclosure would put the Trump administration official in jeopardy, adding that editor made the piece anonymous at the request of the author.

Speculation about the op-ed's author continues to build. 

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceUN nuclear watchdog: Iran maintains compliance with 2015 pact Pence going to Colombia to demand Maduro step down Grenell: Push to decriminalize homosexuality 'wildly supported' by both parties MORE to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump selects Kelly Craft for United Nations ambassador Father of Alabama woman who joined ISIS sues Trump administration Russia extends detention of US citizen accused of spying: report MORE have both denied any involvement with it.

— Tess Bonn