Mike Pence: No-one on my staff wrote Trump 'resistance' op-ed

Leroy Wright
September 12, 2018

"People better wake up to what's going on", Woodward said on CBS's "Sunday Morning" while touting "Fear: Trump in the White House" as a detailed inside account that mirrors the op-ed's claims that a group of senior officials is working to save the nation and the world from Trump's rash decisions.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said the writer was "motivated by conceit", and she denied that the op-ed and Woodward book had harmed trust levels inside the White House.

Pence added his staff to the list of more than two dozen high-ranking administration officials who have denied writing the column.

"Let me be very clear".

"I mean the truth of the matter is over the last eight years despite what we heard from President Obama on Friday, I mean this country was struggling ... it was the weakest economy since the Great Depression", Pence said.

The US vice president told Sunday's edition of CBS' "Face the Nation" that he hasn't polled staffers about the opinion piece because "I know them".

"They get up every day and are dedicated, just as much as I am, to advancing the president's agenda and supporting everything".

Pence said Sunday he "wouldn't know" if the author of the op-ed included the term in an effort to set up Pence.

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The vice president declined to speculate on whether someone had purposely inserted the word "lodestar" into the Times op-ed to set him up, telling Wallace simply, "I wouldn't know". "Anybody who would do this, you don't know what else they're saying".

He restated that he thinks the essay writer should do the "honourable thing and resign".

Both releases are said to have infuriated Trump, who unleashed a string of attacks on Woodward's credibility and dismissed the celebrated author's book as a "work of fiction". "The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the vice president and senior officials think the president can't do his job".

Speaking on US TV, Mr Pence said it would be for the president to decide if lie detectors should be used to find the culprit.

Pence went on to say he didn't explicitly ask any members of his staff if they were involved in the op-ed, but added he didn't feel the need to.

"I would agree to take it in a heartbeat and would submit to any review (by) the administration", Pence said.

"In public and in private", the article notes, "President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations".

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