CNN: Trump believes he’s narrowing in on NYT op-ed author

CNN: Trump believes he’s narrowing in on NYT op-ed author
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White House aides are reportedly narrowing in on their search for who penned an anonymous New York Times op-ed purportedly by a senior Trump administration official.

The search for the author is down to a few possibilities, a source tells CNN. Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWhite House seeks to clarify Trump remarks on emergency Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' MORE separately said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE suspects the official is in the national security sector.

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Trump is reportedly “obsessed” with finding the author of the op-ed, CNN said, but White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has advised the president to avoid giving the piece further attention. The publication of the op-ed has roiled Washington.

Trump called on Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' MORE Friday to investigate the anonymous senior official’s identity, citing national security concerns.

“We’re going to take a look at what he had, what he gave, what he’s talking about also where he is right now,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One.

"It's national security," he added.

Over two dozen officials, including Vice President Pence and a number of Cabinet secretaries, have denied that they penned the op-ed.

The White House came out swinging against the piece, with Trump calling the author “gutless” and suggesting treason may have been committed. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on the anonymous “coward” to resign. 

The op-ed blasted Trump as “amoral” and “anti-Democratic” and detailed officials’ efforts to curb his “misguided impulses" from within the administration.

“The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making,” the anonymous official wrote. 

“Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”