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He has also said the Times should reveal the author "for National Security purposes" and that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate.

McCarthy's piece is a direct response to the author of an anonymous op-ed released by Times, who claims to be "working diligently from within" to blunt President Trump's "worst inclinations", as a member of the "resistance". They can say something about you - now when we find out that this is a failed person in so many different ways you can fight it back very easily.

The book, combined with an incendiary unsigned article in The New York Times by a senior member of Trump's administration, has sparked yet another crisis for the White House and provided fuel for critics who argue that Trump is unfit for office.

In his own piece, McCarthy describes the anonymous op-ed as "shocking", albeit unsurprising as a "permanent political class" desperately attempts to regain its waning power in the Trump era.

In the piece, the writer had claimed: "The root of the problem is the president's amorality. Anything. I have nothing to do with Russian Federation", he said.

Trump's words served as a bookend on a week that began Monday with a tweet in which he criticized Sessions for allowing the recent indictments of two Republican congressmen.

"In the same interview, Trump said he'd "shut down the government over border security in a second" if it were up to him and that he doesn't think Nike's endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick is appropriate".

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The Justice Department said in a statement sent to Anadolu Agency it does not confirm or deny investigations. He told CNN that in his world, people don't care much about what runs in The New York Times.

When asked if legal action against the newspaper was being explored, Mr Trump said: "We're going to see, I'm looking at that right now".

"It may be a Deep State person that's been there a long time", Trump complained to the show "Fox and Friends", speculating on the identity of the author.

"But it's really a disgrace", Trump said. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. He/she identified themselves only as a "White House senior official" (and may have possibly used specific wording to implicate Vice President Mike Pence).

"It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say we don't target certain groups of people based on what they look like or how they pray. This is just another example of the liberal media's concerted effort to discredit the President", Sanders said.

The president said that he is considering what action, if any, can be taken against the New York Times.