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He told reporters, "It's not mine" and said The Times should not "have chosen to take a disgruntled deceptive bad actor's word for anything and put it in their newspaper".

US President Donald Trump on Friday urged his attorney general to investigate the anonymous author of a damning op-ed, escalating his long-running battles with both the media and leaks from the White House.

The President recently referred to the op-ed piece as a "disgrace", saying the New York Times stooped "very low" by publishing the anonymous author.

President Donald Trump lashed out against the anonymous senior official who wrote it, claiming to be part of a "resistance" working "from within" to thwart the commander-in-chief's most unsafe impulses.

Indeed, the piece seemed written deliberately to send the president down a nasty rabbit hole with rants and recriminations - the exact behavior to which the unknown author objected.

The author further added that some senior officials of in the administration have thought about invoking the 25th Amendment, a constitutional provision that allows the vice-president and a majority of the Cabinet secretaries to vote to remove a president who is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office". They are not doing us a service by actively promoting 90 per cent of the insane stuff that's coming out of the White House and then saying 'Don't worry we are preventing the other 10%,' " he said.

The president said if that person had high-level security clearance, "I don't want him in those meetings".

"I think so", he told reporters.

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"I would know. I am one of them", the anonymous official wrote.

Mr Obama has previously held back from openly criticising President Trump.

Before a campaign rally Thursday night, Trump said the New York Times' decision to publish the op-ed could be called "treason".

Down Pennsylvania Avenue, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he did not know of any role Congress would have to investigate, though Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a Trump ally, said the legislative body could take part.

The official said there were a number of U.S. officials who were part of an "quiet resistance" inside the administration who was "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".

Citing company policy, Ha refused to comment on whether the Times received any substantial threats to its office or employees. There is one Trump administration official whose statements and speeches are always shorter than the others - sometimes significantly.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the writer an "anonymous coward" and a "gutless loser" who is "recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump". Victor told the Federal Bureau of Investigation she mailed the document to an online news outlet.

According to a Times memo, the extra security is a reaction to "the heightened nature of the attention we are receiving right now".

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