It Wasn’t Me: Pence, Pompeo and a Parade of Administration Officials Deny Writing Op-Ed“不是我写的”：多名美国高官否认在时报匿名发文 时间:2018-09-11 单词数:4620
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A day after a senior administration official described President Trump as amoral, impetuous, petty and ineffective in an anonymous essay, the denials from the upper echelon of the administration started to roll in.
The mystery writer is not Vice President Mike Pence, a spokesman said Thursday. “Our office is above such amateur acts,” the vice president’s spokesman, Jarrod Agen, said in a morning Twitter post, referring to the Op-Ed published on Wednesday in The New York Times.
一位发言人周四说，那名神秘作者不是副总统迈克.彭斯(Mike Pence)。“我们的办公室不屑于做出这种业余行为，”副总统的发言人贾罗德.阿根(Jarrod Agen)在上午的一条推中这样提及周三发表在《纽约时报》上的那篇专栏文章。
“It is not mine,” Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, said.
“Patently false,” said Dan Coats, the national intelligence director, responding to rumors that he or his principal deputy wrote the piece. “We did not.”
Press officers for the secretaries of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Treasury and Housing and Urban Development also issued denials on behalf of their bosses.
The author, whose identity is known to The Times editorial page department, describes him or herself as one of many senior officials in the Trump administration who are “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
Since the piece was published, there has been a scramble to identify the anonymous official, prompting text analysis and speculation about motive. Mr. Trump demanded that The Times “turn him/her over to government at once,” citing national security concerns.
And what was to be an important week in Washington marked with nomination hearings for a new Supreme Court justice and Republican efforts to maintain their majority in the House with the midterm elections just weeks away, instead evolved into a week of denials.
First, Mr. Trump and his aides pushed back against allegations in a new book about his presidency by Bob Woodward of The Washington Post. And now similar denials arrived from senior administration officials who want to assure the president that they are not the “gutless” anonymous person whom Mr. Trump suggested might even be treasonous.
先是特朗普及其助手们对《华盛顿邮报》(The Washington Post)的鲍勃.伍德沃德(Bob Woodward)在一本新书中关于特朗普总统任职以来的种种说法进行反驳。而为了向总统保证自己不是特朗普所说的“没勇气的”匿名者（特朗普甚至暗示那可能算叛国），政府高级官员现在又纷纷出面做出类似的否认。
Mr. Trump and his aides are placing blame on a favorite scapegoat, the news media, for the startling details about some of the president’s closest aides doing end-runs around him to stave off what they considered dangerous policy decisions.
At one point, the anonymous official wrote, there was talk of the cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment to declare Mr. Trump unable to discharge his duties, but no one wanted a constitutional crisis.
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, tweeted the main phone number of The Times and directed those who wanted to know the identity of “this gutless coward” to call.
白宫新闻秘书萨拉.赫卡比.桑德斯(Sarah Huckabee Sanders)在Twitter上发布了《纽约时报》的主要电话号码，让那些想知道“这个没胆量的懦夫”身份的人给《纽约时报》打电话。
The president spent much of Wednesday afternoon and evening fuming at the media. And on Thursday morning, he resumed his venting, and thanked the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for continuing to have faith in him.
The anonymous official also wrote that the president “shows a preference for autocrats and dictators,” and mentioned Mr. Kim.
“The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy — & they don’t know what to do,” Mr. Trump said in another tweet on Thursday.
With the denials came a renewal of vows of sorts.
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