On Capitol Hill, a confirmation hearing in a staid Senate office building is repeatedly interrupted by protesters shouting at the nominee and the senators; 70 people are arrested.
"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".
Donald Trump's White House has been convulsed by a bombshell New York Times opinion piece, penned by an unnamed senior administration official and published just a day after excerpts of a damning book on the presidency by Pulitzer-winning journalist Bob Woodward. "And we have outside counsel that will advise me accordingly", he said. He fired back on the op-ed on Wednesday, telling reporters the writer was "gutless" and reciting a laundry list of his administration's achievements.
"You look at the operation of this White House and you have to say, 'Let's hope to God we don't have a crisis, '" Woodward told CBS. Anyone who has the ability to think independently and logically knows that everything President Trump has proposed since becoming President is a GOOD thing and is in keeping with his campaign promises, so anything the author proposed that was contrary to what the president wants, must be bad.
Woodward's description of that situation as an "administrative coup d'etat" echoes that of an anonymous senior administration official who spoke, in a recent New York Times op-ed, of a "quiet resistance" to Trump.
Trump proposed a tweet warning that the United States was considering pulling family members of US service people from South Korea. "That person should be found out and stopped", Giuliani said.
"Quite frankly if there was a person in the White House or in the administration who wanted to tell me what's in the Op-Ed piece I would say 'Okay, name me who was there".
But Trump also told reporters that he was poised to dramatically escalate a trade war with China - implementing tariffs on an additional $267 billion in Chinese goods - that economists said could potentially affect the US economy if a deal is not worked out with the world's second-largest economy. "A wounded lion is a very risky animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded". "By the process of elimination, it will probably come down to the butler, who probably has the most knowledge of the presidents in the White House".
He said that unsent tweet was the most unsafe moment of Trump's standoff with North Korea. "In the end, this op-ed is about impeachment", said Caputo.
The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution spells out measures that can be taken to remove a sitting president. He called Woodward's book a "scam" and tried to cast doubt on the way he's quoted.