Washington, Sep 7: Decrying the anonymous author of the 'New York Times' op-ed which claimed that there is 'quiet resistance' in the White House, US First Lady Melania Trump has said the person is 'sabotaging' the country.
In a statement here, Ms Trump said 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.
'To the writer of the [op-ed] — you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions,' the First Lady was quoted as saying by US daily 'The Washington Post'.
Reacting to the op-ed, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called the writer 'gutless' and called for him or her to be turned over to the government.
Striking a different note than her husband, who has called for restrictions on the press, Ms Trump said,'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 added.
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo denied being the senior administration official who penned the damning, anonymous op-ed in the 'New York Times' about President Donald Trump — calling it 'sad'. (UNI)