Yet senior GOP lawmakers rejected the idea that the op-ed would damage Trump, insisting instead that it would help him during the midterms and in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump is no stranger to bad press at this point - you may have even heard him complain about it from time to time - but he's really got his hands full this week, as the op-ed declaring an active "resistance" within his ranks came just days after very unflattering excerpts were released from Pulitzer Prize victor Bob Woodward's upcoming book "Fear: Trump in the White House", spurring President Trump to call for stricter libel laws on Wednesday.
The anonymous New York Times column published Wednesday described a culture of "quiet resistance" toward the president within the White House, with aides subtly ignoring or blocking his decisions when they believe him to be acting dangerously.
"To the writer of the op-ed - you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions", the first lady emphasized.
Since it was released, the op-ed has sparked a parlor guessing game about its author's identity that perhaps hasn't been seen in Washington D.C. since Joe Klein wrote Primary Colors.
It was reported that Melania Trump or even fellow Republican Mike Pence because of the usage of the word "lodestar" might have been behind the explosive op-ed that surfaced yesterday via the New York Times.
"Every week that goes by that the Trump administration and the Republicans are unable to sustain or develop momentum for their candidates is a lost week for the Republicans and a significant gain for the Democrats".
Under its editorial guidelines, the Washington Post - the Times' chief rival and perhaps one of the only other newspapers that could have landed the anonymous official's op-ed - might well have passed.
He suspects the author is in either a Cabinet-level or deputy secretary position who frequently visits the White House or someone who works in the maze of offices in the West Wing. "A person of honor speaking openly would have far more impact".
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The extraordinary piece forced broadcast networks to interrupt their live coverage of the US Senate's confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's latest nominee for the Supreme Court. The vice president did so too.
Another MSNBC talking head, Howard Fineman, said that he was troubled by the fact that the op-ed appears to describe how "unelected aides have staged a slo-mo coup".
"Our office is above such amateur acts".
Rudy Giuliani, the president's attorney, suggested that it "would be appropriate" for Trump to ask for a formal investigation into the identity of the op-ed author.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on the issue during his visit to India.
Trump has been very upset and vocal about the article.
"Many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations", the article says.
One after another, President Donald Trump's top lieutenants stepped forward Thursday to declare, "Not me".
"The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy", Mr Trump tweeted.