Graham on anonymous NYT op-ed: It's not treason, it's 'disloyal and cowardly'

Graham on anonymous NYT op-ed: It's not treason, it's 'disloyal and cowardly'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE (R-S.C.) on Wednesday said an explosive op-ed published in The New York Times by an anonymous Trump administration official was "not a treasonous act" but called the piece "disloyal and cowardly."

Graham's comments came shortly after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE and White House officials railed against the op-ed, published earlier that day, by calling the piece "gutless" and calling for the unnamed official's resignation.

"This is not treason under the Constitution," Graham said. "This is not a treasonous act against the nation. This is a disloyal and cowardly act against the President."

Graham also said Trump president "has every right to be upset" about the editorial.

“The anonymous editorial would piss me off if someone in my office wrote it about me," he said. "Put yourself in the president’s shoes. Wouldn’t you be upset?”


Shortly after speaking out against the op-ed, Trump sent out a tweet with only the word "Treason?" written in all caps.

The op-ed, published Wednesday afternoon, described coordinated efforts among White House staff to push back against Trump. The senior administration official blasted Trump's "amorality" and wrote that officials “want the administration to succeed” but have had to work against Trump’s “misguided impulses” and parts of his agenda.

Trump on Wednesday called the editorial "gutless" while speaking to reporters inside the White House. 

"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," the president said.