A senior administration official penned an anonymous essay in The New York Times on Wednesday describing President Donald Trump as erratic and amoral and said his aides were actively working to thwart him on decisions that are detrimental to the nation.
When deciding to run, Trump claimed he was pro-life when it came to abortion rights, though he acknowledged his track record suggested otherwise.
The official said, "To be clear, ours is not the popular "resistance" of the left".
The unsigned piece appeared to reinforce the claims made in the new book by investigative journalist Bob Woodward, which describes a virtual cabal of high-minded White House and cabinet officials scheming to prevent Trump from taking decisions damaging to the United States economy and national security.
"I spend more time with the President than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship", he said.
He adds: "Further, I did not refer to the President as a "liar" and did not say that he was likely to end up in an 'orange jump suit'".
Trump says he "probably would have preferred to speak to (Woodward), but maybe not".
"The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources".
A defiant Mr Trump, appearing at an unrelated event at the White House, lashed out at the Times for publishing the op-ed. It would also tarnish America's image in the world and could offer openings to adversaries if the White House is constantly distracted.
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"When I heard about this, from notes of that NSC meeting - I've never heard anything like that", Woodward tells NPR.
Asked if Trump is still a credible voice, Sanders insisted he was: "Absolutely".
Carlson said he reached out to the White House for comment on the piece and will not accuse anyone of being the author until such information is confirmed. Ryan said he understands Trump's tweeting and "unconventional tactics" bother people, but the Wisconsin Republican said the president is producing "good results". She said the writer should resign from the administration.
Woodward also claims that Gary Cohn, the former director of the National Economic Council, boasted of removing papers from the president's desk to prevent Trump from signing them into law, including efforts to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement and from a deal with South Korea.
And in April 2017, after Syria's Bashar al-Assad attacked civilians with chemical weapons, Woodward reports, Trump demanded Mattis assassinate Assad. Those issuing denials, at least in part, included Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly.
Trump's calls for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the author of the Times article have renewed fears about the President's expansive view of executive power.
"I am not author of the anonymous NY Times op-ed", Linda tweeted.
"The speculation about who replaces Mattis is now more real than ever", a senior White House official was quoted as saying in the report.
While Woodward's is not the first unflattering investigation into Trump's White House, it carries particular weight coming from the man who together with Carl Bernstein authored the Watergate expose that brought down Richard Nixon.
On Amazon, Woodward's new book was ranked as the top-selling book on Wednesday.