Donald Trump Damage Controls First Lady’s ABC Interview On ‘Fox and Friends’

President Donald Trump moved quickly to do damage control on his wife’s ABC News interview in which she said there remain people inside the White House she does not trust.
In today’s phone in to his favorite morning show Fox & Friends, …

President Donald Trump moved quickly to do damage control on his wife’s ABC News interview in which she said there remain people inside the White House she does not trust. In today’s phone in to his favorite morning show Fox & Friends, show hosts brought up the Melania Trump clip ABC aired this morning to plug Friday’s interview.  In the clip, the First Lady said some of the people she told her husband not to trust were no longer at the White House, while some are…

Mystery Trump Official Admits Trying to ‘Frustrate Parts of His Agenda’ in Anonymous NY Times Op-Ed

The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed Wednesday by a “senior official in Trump administration” who is “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

The Times acknowledged that allowing an op-ed contributor to write anonymously was a “rare step,” saying it had done so at the request of the author, because his or her “job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.” The newspaper invited readers to submit questions “about the essay or our vetting process.”

The op-ed appeared after The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Bob Woodward’s new book says senior aides “pluck official papers from the president’s desk so he couldn’t see or sign them” — which would be another example of people within the White House trying to frustrate Trump’s agenda and inclinations.

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The piece says that many senior officials in Trump’s administration “are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

“To be clear, ours is not the popular ‘resistance’ of the left,” the op-ed reads. “We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous. But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.”

It continues: “That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”

And continues: “The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.”

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The author also addresses the idea of a “Deep State” of government operatives who precede the Trump Administration.

“This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state,” the op-ed says.

Following the publication of the op-ed, the Associated Press reported that Trump decried the editorial as “gutless,” saying of the Times, “They don’t like Donald Trump and I don’t like them.”

You can read the full op-ed here.

The Times’ publication of the anonymous op-ed set off a predictable guessing game about who was behind it. The Drudge Report announced it with the all-red top headline, “SABOTEUR INSIDE WHITE HOUSE.”

NBC News reporter Peter Alexander tweeted that he had “just handed top Trump communications officials a printed copy of NYT op-ed. They say it’s the first time they’re seeing it. I’ve requested WH comment. They’re huddled in Sarah Sanders office now.”

Trump tweeted Wednesday in response to Woodward’s book: “”Isn’t it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost. Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws?”

Here are some of the reactions online to the op-ed:

Just handed top Trump communications officials a printed copy of NYT op-ed. They say it’s the first they’re seeing it. I’ve requested WH comment. They’re huddled in Sarah Sanders office now. https://t.co/PJ1bHbblHy

— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) September 5, 2018

I can’t imagine anything more finely engineered to drive the president absolutely mad than that op-ed.

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 5, 2018

DID YOU WRITE THAT OP-ED? pic.twitter.com/kYFDNb7w9O

— Meagan Bond (@meaganbond) September 5, 2018

This is off-the-charts historic. Now we have it from the inside: “The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles …” If this doesn’t get @GOP attention, nothing will.

— Michelle Brence (@mbrence) September 5, 2018

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The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed Wednesday by a “senior official in Trump administration” who is “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

The Times acknowledged that allowing an op-ed contributor to write anonymously was a “rare step,” saying it had done so at the request of the author, because his or her “job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.” The newspaper invited readers to submit questions “about the essay or our vetting process.”

The op-ed appeared after The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Bob Woodward’s new book says senior aides “pluck official papers from the president’s desk so he couldn’t see or sign them” — which would be another example of people within the White House trying to frustrate Trump’s agenda and inclinations.

The piece says that many senior officials in Trump’s administration “are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

“To be clear, ours is not the popular ‘resistance’ of the left,” the op-ed reads. “We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous. But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.”

It continues: “That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”

And continues: “The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.”

The author also addresses the idea of a “Deep State” of government operatives who precede the Trump Administration.

“This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state,” the op-ed says.

Following the publication of the op-ed, the Associated Press reported that Trump decried the editorial as “gutless,” saying of the Times, “They don’t like Donald Trump and I don’t like them.”

You can read the full op-ed here.

The Times’ publication of the anonymous op-ed set off a predictable guessing game about who was behind it. The Drudge Report announced it with the all-red top headline, “SABOTEUR INSIDE WHITE HOUSE.”

NBC News reporter Peter Alexander tweeted that he had “just handed top Trump communications officials a printed copy of NYT op-ed. They say it’s the first time they’re seeing it. I’ve requested WH comment. They’re huddled in Sarah Sanders office now.”

Trump tweeted Wednesday in response to Woodward’s book: “”Isn’t it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost. Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws?”

Here are some of the reactions online to the op-ed:

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Why Neo-Nazi Website Daily Stormer Is on Brink of Elimination

Neo-Nazi site, Daily Stormer, appears to be on the verge of getting shut down, but it’s unclear if GoDaddy or hackers will be the primary reason for the hate-filled site’s removal from the internet.

Web-hosting company GoDaddy gave the Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider on Sunday after the site published a negative story about Heather Heyer — the woman who died during weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia when a white supremacist slammed his car into a group of counter protestors.

GoDaddy said it would no longer host Daily Stormer because it violated the company’s terms of service. Meanwhile, international hacking group “Anonymous” appeared to hack the site and threatened to shut it down — but Twitter accounts linked to the hacking group claim the whole thing is a stunt.

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Daily Stormer is filled with hate-filled messages and anti-minority remarks. It claims to be getting sued by “Jewish terrorists” and features a variety of posts defending the violence in Charlottesville. 

The top story on the site now features the headline, “End of Hate: Anonymous now in control of Daily Stormer,” and warns that founder Andrew Anglin has spewed hate on the site for “too long,” noting “we have all the details on the servers and will be releasing the data when we feel the time is right.”

The post also says that the site will be shut down “permanently” after leaving it up for 24 hours so the “world can witness the hate.”

“We have no confirmation that ‘Anonymous’ is involved yet. Looks more like a DS stunt. Wonder if they are having issues finding a new host,” “Anonymous” tweeted, confusing the Internet.

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Perhaps the Stormer is using “Anonymous” as an excuse to shut down the site, without appearing to cave over problems finding a new hosting company.

“For too long the Daily Stormer and Andrew Anglin have spewed their putrid hate on this site,” the message on the site proclaims. “This evil cannot be allowed to stand. It took a united force of elite hackers from around the world to breach the systems and the firewall.”

“Anonymous” is a hacking collective that grew out of the internet forum 4Chan in the late 2000s and is responsible for multiple high-profile cyber attacks. It’s unclear if “Anonymous” or GoDaddy will ultimately be responsible for the demise of the neo-Nazi site, but it appears Daily Stormer won’t be around, in its current form, for much longer.

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Neo-Nazi site, Daily Stormer, appears to be on the verge of getting shut down, but it’s unclear if GoDaddy or hackers will be the primary reason for the hate-filled site’s removal from the internet.

Web-hosting company GoDaddy gave the Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider on Sunday after the site published a negative story about Heather Heyer — the woman who died during weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia when a white supremacist slammed his car into a group of counter protestors.

GoDaddy said it would no longer host Daily Stormer because it violated the company’s terms of service. Meanwhile, international hacking group “Anonymous” appeared to hack the site and threatened to shut it down — but Twitter accounts linked to the hacking group claim the whole thing is a stunt.

Daily Stormer is filled with hate-filled messages and anti-minority remarks. It claims to be getting sued by “Jewish terrorists” and features a variety of posts defending the violence in Charlottesville. 

The top story on the site now features the headline, “End of Hate: Anonymous now in control of Daily Stormer,” and warns that founder Andrew Anglin has spewed hate on the site for “too long,” noting “we have all the details on the servers and will be releasing the data when we feel the time is right.”

The post also says that the site will be shut down “permanently” after leaving it up for 24 hours so the “world can witness the hate.”

“We have no confirmation that ‘Anonymous’ is involved yet. Looks more like a DS stunt. Wonder if they are having issues finding a new host,” “Anonymous” tweeted, confusing the Internet.

Perhaps the Stormer is using “Anonymous” as an excuse to shut down the site, without appearing to cave over problems finding a new hosting company.

“For too long the Daily Stormer and Andrew Anglin have spewed their putrid hate on this site,” the message on the site proclaims. “This evil cannot be allowed to stand. It took a united force of elite hackers from around the world to breach the systems and the firewall.”

“Anonymous” is a hacking collective that grew out of the internet forum 4Chan in the late 2000s and is responsible for multiple high-profile cyber attacks. It’s unclear if “Anonymous” or GoDaddy will ultimately be responsible for the demise of the neo-Nazi site, but it appears Daily Stormer won’t be around, in its current form, for much longer.

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Film Review: ‘Anonymous’

It’s difficult to make the act of hacking cinematic. Not just visually — endless shots of faces frowning at computer screens displaying gibberish code — but on a storytelling level as well. The work of a skilled hacker can lead to devastating effects, but the act itself is not particularly dramatic, except to other hackers who might find the… Read more »

It’s difficult to make the act of hacking cinematic. Not just visually — endless shots of faces frowning at computer screens displaying gibberish code — but on a storytelling level as well. The work of a skilled hacker can lead to devastating effects, but the act itself is not particularly dramatic, except to other hackers who might find the... Read more »