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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot Sean Spicer joins 'Extra' as 'special DC correspondent' Trump, Pompeo: Alabama woman who joined ISIS cannot return to US MORE, Vice President Pence, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDems seize on Times bombshell to push allegations of Trump obstruction Mueller report may be 'anti-climactic,' says ex-intelligence director CNN ripped for hiring former Republican operative as political editor: 'WTF?!?!' MORE, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinHuawei CEO: Daughter's arrest was 'politically motivated' Top Chinese official heading to Washington for trade talks The Hill's Morning Report - Trump faces mounting challenges to emergency declaration MORE, Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: Zinke joins Trump-tied lobbying firm | Senators highlight threat from invasive species | Top Republican calls for Green New Deal vote in House Zinke, Lewandowski join Trump veterans’ lobbying firm Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? MORE and Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsOvernight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot Trump says he hasn't considered replacing Coats as his top intel official Talk grows that Trump will fire Dan Coats 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!”