Trump hits the 'deep state,' the 'left' and the media in wake of anonymous op-ed

Trump hits the 'deep state,' the 'left' and the media in wake of anonymous op-ed
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President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE lashed out at a host of familiar targets early Thursday as he grapples with the fallout of a New York Times op-ed in which an anonymous senior administration official wrote that some White House staffers have conspired to push back against the president's instincts.

"The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy - & they don’t know what to do," Trump tweeted, highlighting the strong economy, his Supreme Court nominations and efforts among conservatives to declassify sensitive Department of Justice documents.

The president's focus on the "Deep State," the "Left" and the "Fake News Media" came after a late Wednesday night tweet in which he took aim at the "Swamp."


"I’m draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back. Don’t worry, we will win!" Trump tweeted.

Trump has blamed the four groups he and supporters frequently attack in the aftermath of the op-ed.

The anonymous opinion piece rocked the White House, with the author blasting the president’s “amorality” and portraying an administration inhabited by aides who had banded together to “thwart” Trump’s worst instincts. 

The author, whose identity is known by top opinion editors at the Times, seemed to anticipate the reaction from Trump and others who would claim he's part of the so-called deep state that conservatives often suggest is undermining Trump.

"This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state," the author wrote. "It’s the work of the steady state."

The individual also denied that they are part of the "resistance" movement championed by liberals to reject the president's agenda.

"We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous," they wrote. "But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic."

The op-ed has set off furious speculation about who may have penned the piece, and prompted a fiery response from the White House.

Both Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ripped the newspaper for publishing the work, with the president calling the move "gutless" and calling on the newspaper to turn the author over to the government for "national security purposes."