Sarah Huckabee Sanders Blasts NY Times Op-Ed Writer as a 'Coward' Who Should 'Resign'

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders launched a scathing attack on a Trump administration official who wrote an anonymous op-ed for The New York Times Wednesday. Sanders said the official was a "coward" who should "resign."

"The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States," Sanders wrote in a statement. "He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people. This coward should do the right thing and resign."

The Times took the unusual step of publishing the anonymous piece, the paper said, "at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure."

The author was described by the Times as a "he" in a tweet although the paper later told Newsweek that the reference was made in error and the writer of the tweet did not know the author's identity. Sanders also referred to the author as a "he," although she did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether this was based on the tweet from the Times.

In the piece, the author wrote that there were "early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment," a process to remove the president from office.

"But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis," the author continued. "So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until—one way or another—it's over."

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, NY Times op-ed coward, resign
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to the media in front of the West Wing of the White House, on September, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Sanders blasted the writer of an anonymous op-ed within the administration as a "coward." Mark Wilson/Getty Images

In her response, Sanders slammed the Times for its decision to publish the anonymous op-ed.

"We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the paper chose to publish this pathetic, reckless, and selfish op-ed," she said. "This is a new low for the so-called paper of record, and it should issue an apology, just as it did after the election for its disastrous coverage of the Trump campaign. This is just another example of the liberal medias concerted effort to discredit the President."

Speaking at an event at the White House shortly after the op-ed was published, Trump responded to a question about the article by talking up what he asserted were the accomplishments of his administration. He also took shots at both the author and The New York Times.

"So if the failing New York Times has an anonymous editorial, can you believe it, anonymous, meaning gutless, a gutless editorial," he said at an event featuring a number of sheriffs. "We're doing a great job."

Earlier Trump said: We have somebody in what I call the failing New York Times talking about he's part of the resistance within the Trump administration. This is what we have to deal with. And you know, the dishonest media, because you people have to deal with it as well as I do, it's really a disgrace."