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 TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist 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 TrumpCruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book Designer defends Melania Trump statue: 'People may laugh but the context still resonates' Melania Trump heading to West Virginia to discuss opioid epidemic 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 ConwayKellyanne Conway says she meant 'no disrespect' with question about reporter's ethnicity Kellyanne Conway asks reporter 'what's your ethnicity' while defending Trump's 'go back' comments about minority lawmakers Conway: Progressive congresswomen represent 'dark underbelly in this country' 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 PapadopoulosInquiry into origins of Russia investigation is a scam Trump accuses Democrats of crime amid rising calls for impeachment Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' 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 SessionsTrump's no racist; he's an equal opportunity offender Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question 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 SasseAcosta on shaky ground as GOP support wavers Some good advice for Democrats to ignore in 2020 Swing-state Democrats see trouble in proposed pay hike MORE (R-Neb.) and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinRepublicans scramble to contain Trump fallout Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US McConnell says Trump is not a racist, but calls for better rhetoric MORE (D-Ill.).

"Fox News Sunday": Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePhiladelphia mayor: Trump would 'go to hell' if he had to go back to where he came from Google official denies allegations of ties to China Trump says migrant detention centers are 'not concentration camps' MORE, Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Senate Democrats skipping Pence's border trip GOP chairman introduces bill to force 'comprehensive review' of US-Saudi relationship MORE (D-Del.).

CBS's "Face the Nation": Pence will be on, as will Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency at hearing Lawmakers introduce bill to block U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand 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.