US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has denied writing an anonymous New York Times opinion piece which claimed there was an internal “resistance” is working to thwart some of President Donald Trump’s policies.
Mr Pompeo said of the article: “It is not mine.”
Speaking after a meeting in New Delhi with Indian officials, Mr Pompeo added that “it should not surprise anyone” that the New York Times printed “such a piece”.
He said that if the piece was actually written by a top US official, “they should not well have chosen to take a disgruntled, deceptive, bad actor’s word for anything”.
The New York Times said publishing the essay anonymously is “the only way to deliver an important perspective” to its readers.
The piece, written by an anonymous senior administration official claimed to be part of a “resistance” working to thwart Mr Trump’s “worst inclinations”.
‘The coward should do the right thing and resign’
Mr Trump tweeted “TREASON?”, followed by: “Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the failing New York Times with another phony source?
“If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to the government at once!”
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the author of “putting his ego ahead of the will of the American people”.
She said: “He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people.
"The coward should do the right thing and resign."
Ms Sanders also called on the Times to "issue an apology" for publishing the piece, calling it a "pathetic, reckless, and selfish op-ed".