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The excerpts described senior aides as sometimes disregarding his instructions to limit what they saw as damaging behavior.

But the Times op-ed suggests that dissent and resistance inside Trump's White House are even deeper than Woodward described.

Anonymous officials who have been quoted in previous news reports have often been identified as "a senior White House official", which narrows the scope to people working specifically for the White House - instead of the broad number of agencies within the Trump administration, such as the Department of Education.

Not everyone is calling for the anonymous author to come forward, however: At least one pundit claims to already know who penned the troubling opinion piece.

HuffPost reached out to The New York Times, which had no comment about Sanders' tweet.

President Trump's obsession with insiders trying to undermine him began long before the release of the scathing new tell-all by Bob Woodward and an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times - when he began carrying a list of suspected leakers a year ago, according to a report. In the editorial, the unnamed administration official wrote of a coalition focused on thwarting Trump's "worst inclinations". If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves.

Trump and his inner circle have been in damage control all week fighting similarly themed revelations contained in Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward's upcoming book, "Fear: Trump in the White House". The vote will be widely seen as a referendum on Trump.

They said that some parts of the presidency had been successful, such as tax reform, however they were 'despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective'.

In the article, the anonymous writer slams the US president, claims to be part of the "resistance" against Trump to "thwart" his "more misguided impulses", and even reveals that cabinet members once considered using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. "We are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't", the writer continues. Ellison Barber reports from the White House.

Some analysts seized on the use of an unusual word - "lodestar" - favoured by Mike Pence, ...

#NYTimesOpEd was among top-trending hashtags on Twitter.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said an anonymous op-ed had no credibility.

"The media's wild obsession with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump", she wrote.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told reporters she was not the author.

"Come on!" said the host. He said the author is "failing" and "probably here for all the wrong reasons".

"Unelected, deep state operatives who defy the voters to push their own secret agendas are truly a threat to democracy itself".

News of the letter caught up with Pompeo in New Delhi, where he was traveling with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

"I'm draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back. Don't worry, we will win!" he tweeted earlier.