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But for many world leaders, they long ago began seeking ways to work around the vast gulf between Trump fantasies and hard realities. The denials and condemnations came in from far and wide: Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and secretary of defence Jim Mattis denied authorship on a visit to India; interior secretary Ryan Zinke chimed in from American Samoa.

He said that the Times should publish the person's name for the sake of national security and that un-elected, deep state operatives are a threat to democracy.

Whatever reservations the Times had about publishing the op-ed, Dao said he and his colleagues ultimately decided that it "was a very strong piece written by someone who had something important to say and who's speaking from a place of their own sense of personal ethics and conscience".

The critical spotlight on Trump's leadership comes just two months before midterm elections in which his fellow Republicans are seeking to maintain control of Congress.

The bombshell op-ed was written by "a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure", according to the Times.

The New York Times' decision to publish the op-ed will likely be debated for years.

"We considered using the process spelled out in the constitution but decided that would be too messy and opted for trying a slow-motion coup instead, but then we made a decision to undermine that by going public about it anonymously". The vote will be widely seen as a referendum on Trump.

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Even so, Barcelona won the domestic double last season, despite losing out to Roma in the quarter-finals of the Champions League . Real midfielder Luka Modric was named the World Cup 2018's player of the tournament as Croatia reached the final against France .

"I'm draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back", Trump tweeted Wednesday night.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on the issue during his visit to India.

Marjorie Pritchard, op-ed page editor at the Boston Globe, said her paper "would have handled the situation similarly to the Times".

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a meeting with Republican House and Senate leadership in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. September 5, 2018.

The director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, released a statement denying that he or his top deputy wrote the piece.

The anonymous op-ed basically painted Trump as an unhinged president whose will is being subverted by top administration officials in order to protect the country from his worst instincts and some of his policy moves. Some who agreed with the writer's points suggested the President's reaction actually confirmed the author's concerns. Democrats continue to call for an adjournment over the handling of documents from Kavanaugh's tenure in the George W. Bush White House. Language in the article, including the unusual word "lodestar", was the subject of wide online speculation and language searches. "Stop", she wrote on Twitter. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's spokesman, Tony Sayegh, said on Twitter it was "laughable to think this could come from the secretary".

Trump was incensed about the column, calling around to confidants to vent about the author, solicit guesses as to his or her identity and fume that a "deep state" within the administration was conspiring against him.