TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Dr. Roberts, who was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, made the remarks in an article, titled “I know who the ‘senior official’ is who wrote the NY Times Op-Ed” published on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the New York Times published an Op-Ed by an anonymous "senior official" in the White House. According to the article, many senior members of President Donald Trump's administration are so alarmed by his "erratic" and "amoral" behavior that they are actively working to undermine him and protect the country from his worst impulses.
In response, Dr. Roberts wrote that the Op-Ed “is an obvious forgery. As a former senior official in a presidential administration, I can state with certainty that no senior official would express disagreement anonymously. Anonymous dissent has no credibility. Moreover, the dishonor of it undermines the character of the writer. A real dissenter would use his reputation and the status of his high position to lend weight to his dissent.”
"The New York Times’ claim to have vetted the writer also lacks credibility, as the New York Times has consistently printed extreme accusations against Trump and against Vladimir Putin without supplying a bit of evidence. The New York Times has consistently misrepresented unsubstantiated allegations as proven fact. There is no reason whatsoever to believe the New York Times about anything,” he added.
The analyst said this “forgery is an attempt to break up the Trump administration by creating suspicion throughout the senior level. If Trump falls for the New York Times’ deception, a house cleaning is likely to take place wherever suspicion falls. A government full of mutual suspicion cannot function.”
He added that the New York Times “serves the interests of the military/security complex to hold on to enemies with whom Trump prefers to make peace.”
“The level of mendacity and evil in this plot against Trump is unequaled in history,” he opined.
The author is a Deep State person: Trump
Meanwhile, President Trump said on Thursday night that the Op-Ed is "very unfair to our country."
“It's a very unfair thing,” he told Fox News’ Pete Hegseth in an interview conducted before the crowd at his Thursday night rally in Montana. “It's very unfair to our country and to the millions of people that voted really for us. They voted for us.”
The president also suggested that the author of the Times article could be a career government employee representing the Deep State -- a term deep state refers to a secretive network of influential members of government agencies or the military operating outside the democratic system.
Trump and his political allies have made accusations about a shadowy entity within the US government bureaucracy that is determined to de-legitimize his administration since his inauguration.
“It may not be a Republican,” he said. “It may not be a conservative. It may be a Deep State person that's been there a long time.”
The unsigned Times piece appeared to reinforce the claims made in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward, excerpts of which were made public Tuesday, that describes a virtual cabal of high-minded White House and cabinet officials scheming to prevent Trump from taking decisions damaging to the US economy and national security.
The Washington Post, which obtained an advance copy of the book by the veteran chronicler of modern presidents, reported Tuesday that Woodward describes Trump manically pressing his staff for actions that could lead to major conflict -- leaving them little choice but to disregard his orders.
The White House has condem
ned Woodward's book as "nothing more than fabricated stories," and Trump called it "a work of fiction."
Source: Press TV