Pence, Pompeo deny authorship of anonymous New York Times op-ed on Trump

Speculation about Pence has been rampant on social media because of the op-ed’s use of “lodestar,” an archaic word that he has used in multiple speeches

WASHINGTON: A spokesman for Vice-President Mike Pence strongly denied on Thursday that he was the author of a New York Times op-ed who claimed to be part of a “resistance” effort within the administration, as frenzied speculation continued about who penned the piece.


“The Vice-President puts his name on his Op-Eds,” Pence spokesman Jarrod Agen wrote on Twitter. “The @nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed. Our office is above such amateur acts.”

Speculation about Pence has been rampant on social media because of the op-ed’s use of “lodestar,” an archaic word that the vice-president has used in multiple speeches.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also denied being the author on Thursday while travelling in India. He criticised the anonymous writer, saying: “It is sad that you have someone who would execute that choice.”

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