Pelosi: Trump's reaction to op-ed a 'manifestation of his instability'

Pelosi: Trump's reaction to op-ed a 'manifestation of his instability'
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House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Can progressives govern? Dems plan hearing on emergency declaration's impact on military MORE (Calif.) on Thursday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE’s furious reaction to an anonymous administration official's op-ed disparaging him in The New York Times a “manifestation of his instability.”

Pelosi said her “first thought” was that Vice President Pence penned the opinion piece, which described efforts among staffers in the Trump administration to push back against the president's worst instincts.

Not long after the op-ed was published Wednesday afternoon, Trump tweeted, “TREASON?” He later demanded the Times identify the piece's author "for National Security purposes."

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“The president saying it’s treason is, again, a manifestation of his instability,” Pelosi said. “But what was said in there is a reflection of what we hear from many Republicans around the country, not in Congress: That the party of Lincoln cannot survive as the party of Trump.”

Pelosi added that it “probably won’t take too long for us to find out who wrote it.”

“Who has denied it already? The vice president,” she said. “That was my first thought.”

Jarrod Agen, Pence's deputy chief of staff and communications director, on Thursday denied that Pence authored the op-ed, tweeting that the vice president's office "is above such amateur acts."

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The anonymous Trump 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.