The New York Times acknowledged the extraordinary step of publishing such an anonymous op-ed, saying it did so at the request of the author whose identity is known to the paper.
Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats have each denied authoring the op-ed, which detailed an anti-Trump "resistance" within the administration.
"I would know. I am one of them", the official wrote.
"We fully recognize what is happening", the anonymous author said.
The secret writer, who was vetted by the Times editorial staff, called the president amoral and erratic, and said White House staff work in concert to curb his impulses.
"We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers", the paper said.More news: Roy Moore Suing Sacha Baron Cohen for Defamation
- The writer is identified as an "administration official"; does that mean a person who works outside the White House?
"In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the enemy of the people, President Trump's impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic", he said.
Trump spoke with Woodward over the phone on August 14 and expressed regret over not getting to speak to him for the book. "And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't", the official writes.
It wasn't immediately clear which apology Sanders was referring to, but she said the anonymous op-ed is "just another example of the liberal media's concerted effort to discredit the President". I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing.
In the book, Fear: Trump In The White House, author Woodward reveals a string of cringeworthy alleged conversations with top White House staff.
In the op-ed, the official characterizes Trump as "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" and so prone to making impulsive and irrational decisions that members of his cabinet explored the possibility of invoking the 25th amendment to remove him from office, though they ultimately decided against it.
Mr Trump lashed out at the author of the anonymous piece - and at the "dishonest" Times. She also accused the individual of putting himself or herself ahead of the will of the American people. Woodward's book has been anticipated for weeks, and current and former White House officials estimate that almost all their colleagues cooperated with the famed Watergate journalist.
"Taking note of the ever-growing divisions in the United States that are being played out in the House, the senior official writes, "(T) he president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic".