The mystery official alleges that the Donald Trump's "impulsiveness" and "amorality" has led to reckless decisions during his presidency.
An unnamed senior administration official claims there is a cabal of "resisters" in the White House working overtime to save the president from himself, or maybe just undermining him, depending on whom you believe.
Zaid argued that if the author really intends to curb Trump, there was "greater value" in maintaining their position.
During October 2016, Trump was also accused of having used the term "retarded" to describe actress Marlee Matlin, who is deaf and appeared on a season of "The Celebrity Appearance".
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Last month, Trump reportedly canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to North Korea after the country sent out a mysterious letter, pointing to potential hostilities between the two leaders. "This is just another example of the liberal media's concerted effort to discredit the President", White House Press Secretary Sanders said.
White House aides were trying to root out the culprit but the most furious searching and wildest speculation was by Washington journalists.
Vice President Mike Pence told CBS News" "Face the Nation' that Woodward's book "shows a complete misunderstanding of how this White House works". He said Trump is "wrong and my reporting is meticulous and careful".
"The dilemma - which [the president] does not fully grasp - is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", wrote the official.
"People better wake up to what's going on", he added. "'Yeah, Gov. Paterson, he knows some things, but we know better.' 'Yeah, President Trump has done some good things, but then he acts out, and we know better.' And it's unsafe".
"I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration", was the title of the story.
"There's never been a more positive statement", Trump told reporters.
The assertions in the op-ed piece were largely in line with complaints about Trump's behavior that had repeatedly been raised by various administration officials, often speaking on condition of anonymity. Rand Paul (R-KY), who suggests the President force administration officials to take lie detector tests.
Instead of a coordinated response, the administration and many of its members have issued around 30 separate statements attacking the article's contents and its author, and pledging fealty to the Trump Administration.