US First Lady Melania Trump today accused the US official who published an anonymous opinion piece very critical of President Donald Trump of “sabotaging the country” with his “cowardly actions” and lamented the widespread use of the means of unidentified sources.
“To the author of the opinion article: You are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions,” the first lady said in a statement sent to Efe.
The opinion article, published this Wednesday by a “high official of the US Government” who has only revealed his identity to the editorial team of The New York Times, has generated a huge controversy in the United States. and Trump’s anger against the media intensified.
The text denounces the “lack of morality” of Trump and his “antidemocratic” impulses, at the same time that he speaks of an effort of internal “resistance” on the part of a group of officials.
In her statement, Melania stressed that freedom of expression is “an important pillar of the founding principles” of the United States and that “a free press is important for democracy”, but that the media “should be free, impartial and responsible”.
“Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices that people hear in today’s news. People without names are writing the history of our nation, “denounced the first lady.
“Words are important, and accusations can have serious consequences. If a person is bold enough to accuse others of negative actions, he has the responsibility to publicly defend his words, and the (accused) people have the right to defend themselves, “he added.
The White House was still trying to identify the author of the column today, while senior officials such as US Vice President Mike Pence and national intelligence director Dan Coats publicly denied having written the text.
Among the speculations about who could write the article were those who ventured, jokingly, that it could be Melania Trump herself, about whom the tabloids have sometimes rumored that she is unhappy in her marriage and who has already sent a hidden message last June.
Then, when beginning a visit to the border with Mexico, the first lady wore a jacket that had written on the back: “Actually I do not care, do you?”, A message that unleashed all kinds of speculations and that, according to She was directed to the media that so many rumors spread about her.