US Vice President denies editorial

US Vice President, Mike Pence

US Vice President, Mike Pence has dismissed speculation he is the author of a damning anonymous editorial that attacks President Donald Trump.

The New York Times article, said to be written by a White House official, says Mr Trump’s own appointees are trying to stifle his agenda.

Fierce speculation surrounds who was responsible but a spokesman for Mr Pence denied it was him.

Mr Trump described the writer “gutless” and the newspaper as “phony”.

“The vice-president puts his name on his Op-Eds”, tweeted Jarron Agen, Mr Pence’s communications director and deputy chief of staff. 

“The @nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed. Our office is above such amateur acts.”

The theory that Mr Pence wrote the article largely stems from the use of the word“lodestar”, a term meaning “star that leads or guides” and one which the vice president has frequently used.

In the New York Times piece, published on Wednesday, the author refers to the late Republican Senator John McCain as a lodestar for restoring honour to public life and national dialogue.

Nneka Ukachukwu