President Trump is now calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department to find the author of Wednesday's bombshell New York Times op-ed, which alleged that members of the Trump administration are working to undermine the president from within.
While speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday, Trump said that finding the anonymous writer is a national security issue and that Sessions should, therefore, be launching an investigation, per NBC News. This comes after the president suggested that the writer of the Times piece committed an act of treason and demanded the newspaper turn the person responsible over to the federal government.
As CNN observes, there is currently no indication that the unidentified writer actually broke any laws. Rather, the writer — described as a "senior administration official" by the Times — characterizes themselves as one of many "adults in the room" who are working to prevent Trump from acting on his worst impulses.
But Trump claims that Sessions must find the author because they could have a security clearance and would, therefore, be authorized to attend a "high-level meeting concerning China or Russia or North Korea or something," The Washington Post reports. The president also said that the White House is actually a "well-oiled machine" that is "running beautifully." Brendan Morrow