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Op-Ed: Trump Aides Say They Have Zeroed In On Author

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Op-Ed: Trump Aides Say They Have Zeroed In On Author

President Donald Trump's aides believe they have been able to narrow down their search of the anonymous author of the New York Times that created a furore in the political world, according to a source close to the White House.

According to CNN, "Trump is still 'obsessed' with finding the person, though he is being counseled by White House chief of staff John Kelly to let it pass, to avoid bringing more attention to the claims in the op-ed. The opinion piece was written by an anonymous senior administration official alleging an internal resistance to the President in his own administration."

The identity of the individuals White House aides are focusing on isn't clear. In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump believes the person is someone from the national security sector of the government.

The op-ed ran Wednesday afternoon, a day after excerpts from veteran journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," were published. The passages published from the book in The Washington Post and by CNN showed a White House beset by chaos and disorder, including stories of aides slighting Trump behind his back and stealthily removing documents from his desk to keep him from signing them.

The anonymous writer of the op-ed said the resistance inside Trump's administration is not the same as that from the political left. The author wrote that the resistance inside the government wants "the administration to succeed ... 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."

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