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 TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll 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 TrumpA Trump visit to Africa is important — and carries some urgency The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Trump to visit Japan in May to meet with Abe, new emperor 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 ConwayThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? George Conway calls for Congress to remove Trump: He's 'a cancer' Hillicon Valley: Cyber, tech takeaways from Mueller report | Millions of Instagram passwords exposed internally by Facebook | DHS unrolling facial recognition tech in airports | Uber unveils new safety measures after student's killing 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 urges Barr to investigate examples of 'spying' while he was campaign aide Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators Rand Paul blocks resolution calling for release of Mueller report 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 SessionsThe Memo: Mueller's depictions will fuel Trump angst Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump Trump frustrated with aides who talked to Mueller 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 SasseSenate needs to stand up to Trump's Nixonian view of the Fed GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback The Hill's 12:30 Report: Assange faces US charges after dramatic arrest MORE (R-Neb.) and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDurbin calls Mueller report findings on Trump team 'troubling' Congress opens door to fraught immigration talks McConnell: 'Past time' for immigration-border security deal MORE (D-Ill.).

"Fox News Sunday": Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence: Mueller report confirms 'no collusion, no obstruction' Melania Trump, Karen Pence say they're ready to serve four more years in White House The Turkish rupture could cause a fissure in NATO MORE, Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsMenendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions Dem report questions State Dept. decision to revoke award to Trump critic Senate Dem calls on Trump to apologize for attacks on McCain MORE (D-Del.).

CBS's "Face the Nation": Pence will be on, as will Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback Hillicon Valley: Trump unveils initiatives to boost 5G | What to know about the Assange case | Pelosi warns tech of 'new era' in regulation | Dem eyes online hate speech bill 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.