The anonymous author who wrote both a book entitled “A Warning” and a New York Times op-ed documenting the inside struggle within the White House to contain Donald Trump’s worst instincts said Tuesday that he or she will reveal their identity.
During an “Ask Me Anything” event on Reddit, the author wrote, "As far as anonymity is concerned, I will not keep my identity shrouded in secrecy forever.”
“I am not afraid to use my own name to express concern about the current occupant of the Oval Office. Donald Trump has not heard the last of me," they continued.
The author has previously only been identified as “a senior official in the Trump administration.” In the book, the author describes President Donald Trump as volatile, incompetent and unfit to be commander in chief.
The book further describes racist and misogynist behind-the-scenes statements by Trump and says he “stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information.”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement saying, “The coward who wrote this book didn’t put their name on it because it is nothing but lies.”
She said reporters should “cover the book as what it is — a work of fiction.”
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In the book, which came out on Nov. 19, the writer claims senior administration officials considered resigning as a group last year in a “midnight self-massacre,” but ultimately decided such an act would do more harm than good.
The Justice Department sent a letter to the book’s publisher and the writer’s literary agency, raising questions over whether any confidentiality agreement had been violated and asking for information that could help reveal the author’s identity.
The publisher, Hachette Book Group, responded by saying it would provide no additional information beyond calling the author a “current or former senior official.”
“A Warning” was written by the official who wrote an essay, published last year in The New York Times, alleging that numerous people in the government were resisting the “misguided impulses” of Trump.