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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 TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing 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 TrumpTrump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials ratchet up fight over drug pricing | McConnell says Republicans could try again on ObamaCare repeal | Dems go on offense against GOP lawsuit Melania Trump meets with families affected by opioid withdrawal in newborns 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 ConwayTrump and Kellyanne Conway's husband spar about columnist Hatch mocks Warren over DNA test with his own results showing '1/1032 T-Rex' Conway responds to Warren DNA test: 'Junk science' that 'really doesn't interest me' 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 PapadopoulosMueller assembles team of cooperators in Russian probe Calif. man ensnared in Mueller probe sentenced to 6 months in prison The Mueller investigation: Where it stands at the midterms 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 SessionsMcGahn departs as White House counsel The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump requests Turkey's evidence on missing journalist | Takeaways from Texas Senate debate | Key Mueller findings could be ready after midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms 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 SasseGOP lawmaker on Trump's 'Horseface' comment: 'That's not the way men act' Republican senator and Sean Hannity clash over claims in new book GOP senators praise Haley as 'powerful' and 'unafraid' MORE (R-Neb.) and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Dems ask Trump to disclose financial ties to Saudi Arabia Trump officials ratchet up drug pricing fight GOP senators: Mnuchin should not go to Saudi Arabia MORE (D-Ill.).

"Fox News Sunday": Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceHillicon Valley: Russia-linked hackers hit Eastern European companies | Twitter shares data on influence campaigns | Dems blast Trump over China interference claims | Saudi crisis tests Silicon Valley | Apple to let customers download their data Dems blast Trump for 'conflating' Chinese, Russian election interference claims A strong Kurdistan region is good for US in Iraq MORE, Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDem senators urge Pompeo to reverse visa policy on diplomats' same-sex partners 15 Saudis identified in disappearance of Washington Post columnist The Senate needs to cool it MORE (D-Del.).

CBS's "Face the Nation": Pence will be on, as will Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDems can use subpoena power to reclaim the mantle of populism Is there a difference between good and bad online election targeting? Collusion judgment looms for key Senate panel 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.