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 TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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: Trump identifies first soldier remains from North Korea | New cyber strategy lets US go on offense | Army chief downplays talk of 'Fort Trump' Pompeo backed continued US support in Yemen war over objections from staff: report Pompeo’s staff cracks down on ‘correct use of commas’ at State Dept MORE, Vice President Pence, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHillicon Valley: Trump cyber strategy lets US go on offense | AT&T urges court to let Time Warner merger stand | Conservatives want wife of DOJ official to testify | Facebook, nonprofits team up to fight fake news | DC camera hacker pleads guilty Vote Democrat in midterms to rein in Trump, preserve justice Sessions limits ability of judges to dismiss deportation cases MORE, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Cohen reportedly questioned over Trump dealings with Russia | Trump hails economy | Tells workers to 'start looking' if they want a better job | Internal poll shows tax law backfiring on GOP Trump announces tariffs on 0B in Chinese goods Trump: China tariff announcement to come Monday afternoon MORE, Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeTrump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Big-game hunters infuriated by Trump elephant trophy debacle Interior moves ahead with opening wildlife refuge next to contaminated nuclear site MORE and Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsDem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Cuomo wins and Manafort plea deal 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!”