On Wednesday, the New York Times published a stunning op-ed from an administration official promising the American people that there are “adults in the room” to restrain President Donald Trump’s wildest impulses.
Since then, there has been wild speculation about who penned the letter and their motives.
On Friday, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reported that the president is also obsessing over who could have betrayed his administration by way of the letter and by leaking damning information to reporter Bob Woodward.
“The procession of denials by Cabinet secretaries and White House officials has done little to abate Donald Trump’s rage over the anonymous op-ed The New York Times published on Wednesday,” Sherman writes. “Flying to Fargo, North Dakota, on Friday, Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the writer of the piece.”
Other sourced close to the president described his sour mood.
“Rip-shit,” one person told Sherman. “He’s punch-drunk,” an outside adviser told him. “He’s been hit so hard this week he doesn’t know what to do.”
Another called the letter a coup d’etat.
The letter came at the heels of Bob Woodward’s revealing new book. Apparently, Jared and Ivanka Trump are warning him that John Kelly is subverting his presidency.
“‘He’s destroying your presidency,’” Ivanka told her father, according to an outside adviser, who was told about the conversation. They also floated the idea that one of Kelly’s deputies had written the New York Times op-ed.