Jared Kushner wrote the 'treasonous' NYT op-ed criticizing Trump's 'petty and ineffective' leadership style, say bookies
According to columnist David Von Drehle, Jared Kushner is the one person in Donald Trump's administration who has the greatest incentive to write such a piece
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner could be the White House "insider" who wrote the controversial anonymous New York Times op-ed declaring a "resistance" with the Trump administration, according to a columnist for The Washington Post and oddsmakers.
In the op-ed titled 'The only solid bet is on Trump’s panic (but the op-ed was probably Jared)', columnist David Von Drehle on Monday argued that Kushner is the one person in Trump's administration who has the greatest incentive to write such a piece. The journalist also pointed out that bookies have given it 12-1 odds that Kushner is the author of the op-ed, according to Newsweek.
Von Drehle wrote: "Rarely a month has passed during the reign of The Donald without a story leaking about his son-in-law and daughter laboring to curb the excesses of President Daddy."
"The Jared Theory also answers a question so many have asked since the op-ed was published on Wednesday: 'Why doesn’t this self-styled patriot resign?' There’s no leaving for Jared Kushner. As the saying goes: You marry The One, you marry the family,” the columnist added.
The op-ed, anonymously written by a top Trump official last week, described how the administration's members try to minimize the damage caused by the president's "inability." The article also mentioned President Trump's erratic behavior and his "petty and ineffective" leadership style.
In the op-ed titled 'I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration', the anonymous author wrote: "There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans."
Ever since the article was published, many have speculated Vice President Mike Pence to be the anonyous write of the op-ed. The speculations gained wind after WikiLeaks released an analysis, claiming that the author is most likely an older conservative male. Pence, however, has denied writing the piece and has even offered to take a lie detector test.
Shortly after it was published on September 5, the op-ed and the newspaper were heavily criticized by President Trump and his allies. Trump immediately sent out a cryptic tweet that just read: 'TREASON?'. He then suggested that the piece must have been written by someone who is "failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons." The president also said that if an "insider" author actually does exist then he "must turn him/her over to the government at once!” for reasons of national security.
The National Public Radio, last week, reported Trump as saying: "The New York Times is failing. If I weren't here, I'd believe The New York Times probably wouldn't even exist. And someday, when I'm not president… The New York Times and CNN and all of these phony media outlets will be out of business, folks. They'll be out of business because there will be nothing to write and there will be nothing of interest."