"There's nothing in the piece that strikes me as being relevant to or undermining the national security", Daosaid. He called the opinion piece "sad".
Vice President Mike Pence also denied writing the opinion piece. "Our office is above such amateur acts", wrote Jarrod Agen, spokesman for Mike Pence.
"We're doing this in order to prevent World War III", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly replied thinly.
Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the op-ed highlighted loyalty issues among staffers more than Trump's shortcomings.
The article cited a tax overhaul, deregulation and a more robust military among the administration's achievements, but added: "These successes have come despite - not because of - the president's leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective".
First Lady Melania Trump released a statement about the anonymousNew York Times op-ed piece in which she accused the unidentified writer of being "cowardly" and "sabotaging" the country.
He continued: "If the GUTLESSanonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"
During a campaign appearance in Billings, Montana, Trump also praised Greg Gianforte, the Republican congressman who physically attacked the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs a year ago, as "a fighter and a winner". The official is "probably here for all the wrong reasons", Trump continued, and then vowed that he would win re-election in 2020. "It contained some news - namely, that there has been talk inside the administration about invoking the 25th Amendment", Pritchard told CNN. That measure defines methods to legally remove a president from office. At the same time, I can't say whether we would have done it or not, so I don't want to sound churlish. The piece reports, "So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until - one way or another - it's over".
"But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favour of a single one: Americans".
That would be a problem for the Times, partly through no fault of its own, said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, communications professor and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She called the story's publication "another example of the liberal media's concerted effort to discredit the President". The column attracted so much attention - as much for its existence as for what it actually said - that it raised the expectation that the author is someone powerful, she said.
Mr Trump described his administration as a "well-oiled machine", a contrast to the description offered by his anonymous colleague in the Times.
Woodward's book followed the funeral of Senator John McCain - hailed as an American hero and Republican icon - where the president was unwelcome.
But insiders speculated the fallout could be worse than that from "Fire and Fury", given Woodward's storied reputation. Sessions has been a target of the president's wrath since recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
With this release, Google is using the Material Design framework across the desktop, iOS , and Android versions of Chrome . Google has adopted its Material Design 2 philosophy to give the browser an all-new design, which is a welcome move.
He was dropped a year ago from the Netflix television series House of Cards and erased from the film All the Money in the World . As the number of accusations escalated, Netflix cut Spacey from his lead role in the award-winning series House of Cards .
The unusual timing of Kyl's appointment could work out for another Arizona Republican who wants to become a USA senator - Rep. Arizona voters will get to decide who should fill McCain's former seat in the 2020 election and then again in 2022.
Trump would probably argue that he's saying no indictments should be handed down this close to an election, regardless of party. Trump wrote on Twitter the Justice Department's decision to file charges will hurt safe Republican seats in the U.S.
Rafael Nadal watched as his opponent hit an overhead beyond the baseline on match point and then dropped his racket to his side. There are no chill Rafael Nadal matches, like oh cool, I'll watch some tennis and my blood pressure will stay level.
But it was also like a bittersweet moment for us. "He got what he wanted and we know it's a part of the business". The hardest part for me is, obviously you lose a good football player, but he's my brother.
Bush Administration was front and center the first day of his confirmation hearings , which was just how Democrats wanted it. Senate Republicans refused to consider Obama's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy.
It's going to be a close match, I think. "You think, 'Oh, but in the end it's fantastic , yeah?' You can't believe, yeah". Third seed Stephens was wilting in the heat on what is expected to be the hottest day of a scorching U.S.
Since returning from her drugs ban previous year , Sharapova has made just one quarter-final in five grand slams . And now she could be set to match up against another American: Serena Williams in the semifinal.
Pressley will vie for a seat in the House of Representatives after a career in Boston's City Council. State lawmakers designated the district as the first majority-minority district in MA .
Democrat Pressley shocks 20-year incumbent
In a speech after her win, Ms Pressley said: "Change is coming and the future belongs to all of us". In 2009, she was the first woman of colour ever elected to the Boston City Council.
Jim Furyk Announces Three Of His Ryder Cup Wildcards
The idea is to find the hottest player to fill out the team, and no one has been close to DeChambeau over the last two weeks. Though Woods has not won since 2013, he finished runner up at the Valspar Championship and PGA Championship this season.
Amazon becomes the country's second $1 trillion company
In the second quarter, AWS booked $6.1 billion in sales (up 49%), and generated an operating income of $1.64 billion (up 79%). For graphic on Analyst Price Targets, click https://reut.rs/2NHwHQq The stock is up 74.5 percent year to date.
Amazon becomes second trillion-dollar company in U.S.
Most notable was the speed with which Amazon hit the milestone, with its shares having more than tripled in the past three years. Amazon crossed the $2,000 threshold for the first time on August 30 after doubling its price in just 10 months.
Officer-involved shooting at California Racetrack
Del Mar Racetrack, where the Ice Cube concert is being held tweeted: "The situation has been contained". Commentators could be heard screaming " there's gunfire at the track " as the race took the place.
Brazil electoral court bars Lula from presidential race
Lula, 72, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for accepting a luxury seaside apartment as a bribe from a construction firm. Under Brazilian law, he is ineligible to run because his conviction was upheld on an initial appeal.
Xi announces $60bn financing for Africa
Ramaphosa urged China to focus more on the nature of and quality of its investments in Africa and not just natural resources. Xi told him on Sunday that "foreign forces" should not interfere in Sudan's internal affairs, China's Foreign Ministry said.