Both officials denied the quotes, and Trump retweeted their denials. Some who agreed with the writer's points suggested the president's reaction actually confirmed the author's concerns. "At worst, he has attacked them outright". "I would know. I am one of them". It said some senior officials have been working from within to frustrate parts of Mr Trump's agenda and protect the country from his worst impulses.
"Americans should know that there are adults in the room", the op-ed states. "Yet at the same time, if you're having highly sensitive and classified meetings in the Oval Office and you have someone trying to resist those efforts, I think all of us would agree that it is highly unusual and perhaps the only time it has happened".
The extraordinary piece forced broadcast networks to interrupt their live coverage of the US Senate's confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's latest nominee for the Supreme Court. Does the writing style sound like someone who worked at a think tank? In a tweet, the Times used the pronoun "he" to refer to the writer; does that rule out all women?
Who uses that word kind of a lot? "So when you tell me about some anonymous source within the administration, probably who's failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons, now, and The New York Times is failing". The people working aginst Trump while working for him are doing so to ensure the overall success of the administration, the author claims. Could the anonymous figure be someone in Pence's orbit?
"That's not a common word, "lodestar".
‘We need to grow up’: Malaysian MPs condemn caning lesbian couple
Amnesty International Malaysia said: "Caning is a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and may amount to torture". A Terengganu judge sentenced the Muslim women, ages 22 and 32, to six strokes each in front of a courtroom of witnesses.
So who is "Anonymous"?
"There's nothing in the piece that strikes me as being relevant to or undermining the national security", Dao said.
The newspaper maintains a strict policy of separation between its news and opinion side, and the decision to publish the column without identifying the author was made by Dao and his boss, Editorial Page Editor James Bennet, in consultation with Publisher A.G. Sulzberger.
Early Thursday, Trump followed up with a tweet that touted his administration's accomplishments.
"I spend more time with the President than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship", he said.
Published on Wednesday, the column appeared days after the release of excerpts from a book by famed reporter Bob Woodward that portrayed Trump as prone to impulsive decision-making. "I have enough respect for the Times to believe that they wouldn't hold themselves up to that".
The official said that early on in the administration, some officials quietly discussed invoking the 25th amendment of the US Constitution, which allows the removal of a president judged unable to perform his duties.