Pence: I don’t have to ask my staffers if they wrote op-ed

Pence: I don’t have to ask my staffers if they wrote op-ed
© Greg Nash

Vice President Pence said in an interview broadcast early Sunday that he is confident none of his staff members wrote an anonymous New York Times op-ed claiming some administration officials are trying to thwart parts of President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE’s agenda.

“Let me be very clear, I'm 100 percent confident that no one on the vice president's staff was involved in this anonymous editorial,” Pence said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“I know my people … They get up every day and are dedicated, just as much as I am, to advancing the president's agenda and supporting everything President Trump is doing for the people of this country,” he added.


Pence said he didn’t ask his staff members about the op-ed, citing their character and dedication.

“Honestly, I don't have to ask them because I know them. I know their character. I know their dedication and I am absolutely confident that no one on the vice president's staff had anything to do with this. But that being said, you know, whoever this was they should do the honorable thing and resign.”

The anonymous op-ed, as well as a new book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward that paints an administration in turmoil, roiled the White House last week.

Speculation surrounding the identity of the op-ed’s author was rampant, with some eyes turning toward Pence’s office.

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Manigault NewmanTanden seeks to defuse GOP tensions over tweets Juan Williams: The GOP's problem with women of color Trump administration sought to sue Omarosa after she announced tell-all book: report MORE, for example, said last Thursday that she believes the op-ed likely came from Pence’s office.

“I would say I could narrow it down to Pence’s office,” she said on a radio show.

Pence's spokesman last Thursday denied the vice president was behind the op-ed, which described efforts among staffers in the Trump administration to push back against the president's instincts, and said his office is “above such amateur acts."