Sunday shows preview: White House officials on offensive in wake of anonymous NY Times op-ed

Sunday shows preview: White House officials on offensive in wake of anonymous NY Times op-ed
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White House officials will hit the Sunday news show circuit this week to dissect claims made by an anonymous "senior [Trump] administration official" in The New York Times this week.

The op-ed, published on Wednesday, sent shockwaves through Washington with claims that an internal "resistance" is working within the Trump administration to the thwart the president's "worst inclinations."

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Following the op-ed, Trump administration officials rushed to tamp down murmurings that they could be the unnamed writer. President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorsi sues Mueller for alleged leaks and illegal surveillance Comey: Trump 'certainly close' to being unindicted co-conspirator Trump pushes back on reports that Ayers was first pick for chief of staff MORE himself called on the Times to turn over the author's identity for national security purposes.

The Times has so far refused the president's demands, while Trump and other officials have publicly questioned whether the anonymous official exists at all. Dozens of Trump associates, including first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJohn Kelly was always doomed to fail as chief of staff Trump to help impoverished nations educate their children Internet gambling addiction is a looming crisis MORE, have denounced the op-ed's author.

Vice President Pence will pull double-duty on CBS News's "Face the Nation" and "Fox News Sunday," as will White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayProsecutors connect Trump to illegal payments during the campaign The Memo: All eyes on Kelly as Trump shake-up gathers steam Conway's husband responds to Trump tweet on Cohen: 'Other than that, totally scot-free' MORE, who will appear on CNN's "State of the Union" and NBC's "Meet the Press."

The heads of both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Republican National Committee (RNC) will also appear on "Face the Nation," as the two party chairpersons discuss campaign efforts ahead of November's midterm elections, now just two months away.

Making his first appearance on any Sunday talk show this week is former Trump campaign adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosGeorge Papadopoulos leaves federal prison after serving 12 days The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Bush memorial service in Houston | House passes two-week spending measure | Markets drop after Chinese executive's arrest Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn, citing his 'substantial assistance' MORE, who was sentenced this week to two weeks in federal prison for lying to investigators about his contacts with Russia-linked individuals during the 2016 election.

Papadopoulos made headlines with his claim this week that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBarr turned down defense attorney job with Trump: report Paul calls Trump's pick for attorney general's views on surveillance 'very troubling' John Kelly to leave White House at year's end MORE, who served on the Trump campaign, appeared "enthusiastic" about the prospect of a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, directly contradicting Sessions' sworn testimony last year.

Here's the full lineup:

NBC's "Meet the Press": White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Sens. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseCNN to partner with The Des Moines Register on polling ahead of 2020 Iowa caucuses Sasse calls on DOJ to investigate its handling of wealthy sex offender's plea deal Beto O'Rourke seen as a top contender in 2020: poll MORE (R-Neb.) and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinTrump tells McConnell to let Senate vote on criminal justice reform Political opposites come together for Bush funeral Live coverage: Washington honors George HW Bush with state funeral MORE (D-Ill.).

"Fox News Sunday": Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePresident Trump’s fight for a better trade deal with China Live coverage: Washington honors George HW Bush with state funeral Populism comes to Mexico as old symbols are laid to waste MORE, Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsFocus on Yemen, not the Saudi crown prince Overnight Defense: Washington bids farewell to George H.W. Bush | Senators offer resolution calling Saudi prince 'complicit' in Khashoggi killing | US Navy sails near Russia-claimed waters Brady amends his tax package to help nonprofits MORE (D-Del.).

CBS's "Face the Nation": Pence will be on, as will Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerNRCC breach exposes gaps 2 years after Russia hacks Hillicon Valley: Huawei executive facing possible US fraud charges | Dem blames White House for failure of election security bill | FCC investigating wireless carriers over coverage data | Assange rejects deal to leave embassy Warner blames White House for election security bill not passing Congress MORE (D-Va.), DNC chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE, and RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.

CNN's "State of the Union": Conway, Sens. Warner and Sasse will join the show.

ABC's "This Week": Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.