Trump blasts NYT after newspaper prints anonymous op-ed on internal 'resistance'

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 on Wednesday lashed out at The New York Times for printing what he deemed a "gutless" op-ed piece in which an anonymous senior administration official describes efforts from within the administration to push back against the president.

"When you tell me about some anonymous source within the administration, probably who's failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons, and The New York Times is failing," Trump said at a White House event.

"If I weren’t here, I believe The New York Times probably wouldn’t exist," he added.


The newspaper published an op-ed titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration” on Tuesday afternoon. The author, identified only as a senior Trump administration official, wrote that while officials “want the administration to succeed,” they have had to work from within against Trump’s “misguided impulses” and parts of his agenda.

The newspaper described the author as a "he" in a tweet.

Trump was asked about the opinion piece at the White House meeting with sheriffs from across the country.

"We have somebody in what I call the failing New York Times that’s talking about, he’s part of the resistance in the administration. This is what we have to deal with," Trump said.

The president then reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out printed articles that highlighted his administration's accomplishments.

"I will say this, nobody has done what this administration has done in terms of getting things passed and getting things through," he said, citing budgetary accomplishments, deregulation, tax cuts and low unemployment.