White House slams media for 'obsession' with 'anonymous coward'

White House slams media for 'obsession' with 'anonymous coward'
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The White House on Thursday slammed The New York Times for creating a “wild obsession with the identity” of an anonymous op-ed author, as speculation swirls about who in the administration might be working internally to "thwart" some of the president's goals.

The White House press secretary called the Times "complicit" with the "gutless loser" who wrote an op-ed published in the Times claiming to be a senior member of the Trump administration. Sarah Huckabee Sanders also shared a newspaper phone number while urging people to call in and ask who the author really is. 

“The media’s wild obsession with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.

“Stop. If you want to know who this gutless loser is, call the opinion desk of the failing NYT at 212-556-1234, and ask them,” Sanders continued. “They are the only ones complicit in this deceitful act. We stand united together and fully support our President Donald J. Trump.”

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The number Sanders shared is a main line for the Times. Callers will receive an automated message directing them to a specific department.

The anonymous official in the op-ed bashed the president's "amorality" and praised the work of "unsung heroes" who push back against him, suggesting a coordinated effort from within.

Several White House officials have denied that they authored the op-ed, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielsen, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs MORE, Vice President Pence, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy MORE, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSchumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy Trump hypes China trade deal as new doubts emerge MORE, Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: Advisory panel pushes park service to privatize campgrounds | Dems urge Perry to keep lightbulb efficiency rules | Marshall Islands declares national climate crisis Committee pushes National Park Service to privatize campgrounds Overnight Energy: Warren unveils T environmental justice plan | Trump officials eliminate board on smart grids | Proposed Trump rule aims to ease restrictions on mineral mining MORE and Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray Coats281 lobbyists have worked in Trump administration: report Former intelligence chief Coats rejoins law firm Remembering leaders who put country above party MORE.

Sanders in a statement Wednesday ripped the author, calling him or her a coward and saying he or she should resign. Trump also used the word "gutless" to describe the person and demanded the Times “turn him/her over to government at once!”