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A number of Cabinet and Cabinet-level officials in President Donald Trump's administration rushed to deny Thursday that they were behind the explosive anonymous opinion article published in The New York Times a day earlier.
The author's identity remains unknown, but here are all the Trump administration officials who have gone on the record to deny it was them:
Vice President Mike Pence:
His office told NBC News that it "definitively denies" that he was the author. His communications director also tweeted that “the Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:
He told reporters, “It’s not mine” and said The Times should not “have chosen to take a disgruntled deceptive bad actor’s word for anything and put it in their newspaper."
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats:
"Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my Principal Deputy is patently false. We did not,” he said in a statement.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen:
“Secretary Nielsen is focused on leading the men and women of DHS and protecting the homeland - not writing anonymous and false opinion pieces for the New York Times,” the agency's press secretary, Tyler Q. Houlton, said in a statement.
Defense Secretary James Mattis:
"It was not his op-ed," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said.
Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney:
"No, Dir. Mulvaney is not the author," a spokesperson for Mulvaney told NBC News.
Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson:
“The Secretary didn’t write the op-ed," a spokesperson for Carson told NBC News.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin:
"It is laughable to think this could come from the Secretary," Tony Sayegh Jr., a spokesman for Mnuchin, tweeted.
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie:
“Neither Secretary Wilkie nor anyone else at VA wrote the op-ed," an agency spokesperson told NBC News.
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta:
"The Secretary does not play these sophomoric Washington games. He is definitively not the author," a department spokesperson told NBC News.
CIA Director Gina Haspel:
“No!" Haspel's press secretary Tim Barrett said.
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway:
"Of course not," Conway told NBC News.
EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler:
"Acting Administrator Wheeler supports President Trump 100 percent and is honored to serve in his Cabinet. He also believes whoever wrote the op-ed should resign," an EPA spokesperson told NBC News.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue:
"No, Secretary Perdue did not write the op-ed," a department spokesperson told NBC News.
Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon:
"Administrator McMahon is not the author," an agency spokesperson told NBC News.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry:
"I am not the author of the New York Times OpEd, nor do I agree with its characterizations," Perry tweeted.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross:
"I did not write and am thoroughly appalled by this op-ed," Ross tweeted.
White House Counsel Don McGahn:
Replied, "no," to reporters when asked if he was the author.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao:
“For those who have inquired, this is to confirm that Secretary Chao is not the author of the op-ed," a spokesperson told NBC News.
U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman:
"When you're serving as the U.S. envoy in Moscow, you're an easy target on all sides. Anything sent out by me would have carried my name. An early political lesson I learned: never send an anonymous op-ed," Huntsman said, via a statement tweeted by a spokesperson for the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar:
“No, Secretary Azar did not write the op-ed," an agency spokesperson told NBC News.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer:
"I did not write it. It does not reflect my views at all, and it does not reflect the views of anyone I know in the Administration," he said via a statement to NBC News.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:
"Secretary DeVos is not a Washington insider and does not play Washington insider games. She has the courage of her convictions and signs her opinions. She is not the author," Department of Education spokeswoman Liz Hill said in a statement.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley:
Haley didn't author the op-ed, a spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said.
Director of the U.S. National Economic Council Larry Kudlow:
"Would I work against him? That's just crazy," Kudlow told CNBC Friday morning. "That is just nuts of course. I have nothing to do with this."
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