First Lady Melania Trump on Thursday fired back at the author of an anonymous op-ed printed in The New York Times on Wednesday, accusing them of “sabotaging” the country.
“Freedom of speech is an important pillar of our nation’s founding principles and a free press is important to our democracy. The press should be fair, unbiased and responsible,” she told CNN in a statement Thursday.
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“Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today’s news,” she said. “People with no names are writing our nation’s history. Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences.”
“If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves,” she added.
The first lady had a specific message for the author: “To the writer of the op-ed — you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions.”
The op-ed author was identified by The New York Times as a “senior Trump administration official” who says they are part of an internal “resistance” working to thwart parts of Trump’s agenda and block his worst impulses and was published amid questions of President Donald Trump’s fitness and his control over his administration.
Roughly a dozen Cabinet officials issued statements as of early Thursday afternoon denying they were responsible for the op-ed.