Jon Huntsman denies authoring anonymous N.Y. Times op-ed criticizing Trump

Utah politicians express mixed reactions to controversial opinion piece allegedly written by senior administration official

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  • The_Laird Patchogue, NY
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:43 a.m.

    Huntsman was the first 2012 candidate to say he would not attend the Trump-run "debates", which soon fell apart. He also said he would not "kiss Trump's ring or any other part of his anatomy" and clearly didn't think much of Trump's insertion of himself into the race. So he is capable of writing the op-ed, and courageous enough. But to do so from Russia is a different story because his very safety would be in jeopardy there.

  • Misseleer71 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 4:05 a.m.

    The New York Times should be charged with Treason and terrorism, like I say speech is free, but treason is a crime, the NEH York Times has crossed the line to treason and terrorism. The government now has the right to invade and confiscate all documents and assets of the company making treason a crime to any and all conspirators. Those individual who took part in Lincolns assassination found out how risky it is to be a part of the conspiracy of treason that even applies to media companies harboring and disclosing treasonous threats to this country and our president is not immune to prosecution and is as criminal as committing the crime itself.

  • ITrustNoPutts La Grange, TN
    Sept. 8, 2018 1:29 a.m.

    This anonymous NYT Op-ed and Woodward's anonymous new book are typical Dem last minute attempts to divide the American people to win an election. Tactics which history will record along with the Dem's invisible "War on Women" that they also bring out only during each election. If you notice the Dems never have any programs for the good of the people. They just resist and march to scare everyone into voting for them. Anonymous articles by the "Fake News" can be written by anyone, and if we are foolish enough to believe anybody who claims their source is anonymous, then we are as naive as a Christmas Turkey.

    A few words concerning comments made above about Reagan. Please remember, if Reagan hadn't rebuilt our military after Jimmy Carter, a Dem, had savaged it just like Obama has done, East and West Germany wouldn't have been reunited and the Cold War would have never ended. If Reagan hadn't taken the steps he did to rebuild our economy like Trump is doing, we would still be paying 21% interest on a purchase of a home or automobile like we had to do under Carter's administration.

    Don't confuse Trump's style with an inability to get the job done. Promises Made, Promises Kept.

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 4:13 p.m.

    Rep. Stewart said: "The American people elected Donald Trump as our president and they should be trusted"

    I recognize that nuanced writing is difficult, but it would be more accurate to say "the Electoral College put Donald Trump in office even though he received about 3 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton." If Stewart is going argue for trusting "the American people," he is in effect saying that Hillary should be allowed to pick any Supreme Court nominee until January 2021.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 12:23 p.m.

    Moracle

    "Looks like the Trump-haters are really getting worried over so much Win-after-Win by Trump, and his rising popularity in the Polls, in spite of their ridiculous, zany shenanigans."

    What "wins?" Can you name any that really helped people in the U.S? Trump's claims don't count. Neither do Faux news.

    Christof

    "Thank you Mr. President for not drinking alcohol and for believing in religious liberty and that your children adore you. And it is sad people like Bob Woodard and George Will have lived in nation's capitol their whole life being political pundits. Try something new. Try running a business like our President has done."


    Trump was such a good businessman that he filed bankruptcy multiple times, went belly up with a casino in Atlantic City, had thousands of law suits filed against him for not paying his bills and you want him to do the same with our country?

    Trump's popularity is rising??? Where do you get that information. He is dropping in every legitimate poll taken. It seems that only his uneducated supporters like him and many of them are changing boats.

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 11:36 a.m.

    The Op-Ed certainly is supported by the new book "Fear," which is based on many hours of interviews with White House staffers.

    Confidential sources and whistleblowers are excellent sources of information needed to correct serious problems in government. Thanks to "Deep Throat," journalists got much-needed facts that accelerated the Watergate probe and put Nixon out of office sooner rather than later..

    Rep. Stewart's response shows he puts embracing partisan politics ahead of the welfare of our country. In Utah, this will serve him well at election time.

  • dordrecht Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 9:38 a.m.

    Guliani says that truth is not truth. However, when the president recognizes truth, he becomes vindictive because he cannot face truth.

  • Flipphone Sandy, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 9:06 a.m.

    Could it be that this is was written by the New Times?

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 8:23 a.m.

    I never thought Jon Huntsman did it. He simply doesnt have the guts to stick his neck out. He wants to be president himself someday.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 7:10 a.m.

    "And the NYT is openly on record as saying they will lie to smear Trump. "

    ------

    How about some proof of that claim?

  • Yorkshire Logan, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 6:37 a.m.

    They allow anonymous op eds??

    No paper allows mine if I try to be anonymous.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 10:46 p.m.

    Having lived in various dictatorial countries, when the leader is after his adversaries until everyone is subdued whether guilty or not.

    Germany had the 1930-40s of people needing to check their backs, and in more than 6M cases, they were too late.

    Truth is truth but only the facts change.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 9:39 p.m.

    "Try running a business like our President has done."

    Bankrupting casinos? Needing huge loans from Russian oligarchs to keep his other businesses afloat?

    No thanks.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:57 p.m.

    Thank you Mr. President for not drinking alcohol and for believing in religious liberty and that your children adore you. And it is sad people like Bob Woodard and George Will have lived in nation's capitol their whole life being political pundits. Try something new. Try running a business like our President has done.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 6, 2018 8:54 p.m.

    We should all remember that President Trump will have more "flexibility" after millions of Americans re-elect him.

    🤗

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:53 p.m.

    I guess a good deal of these posters know nothing of history. Ever hear of Woodward and Bernstein? They used plenty of anonymous resources including the notorious "Deep Throat" whose identity wasn't revealed until decades after Watergate. But guess what, Deep Throat knew what he saw and Woodward and Bernstein were right.

  • Moracle Blackshear, GA
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:19 p.m.

    Looks like the Trump-haters are really getting worried over so much Win-after-Win by Trump, and his rising popularity in the Polls, in spite of their ridiculous, zany shenanigans.

    They're proving they are willing to stoop to any low act to stop his steady march opposing those who are against our Constitution and want to destroy the America created by our Founding Fathers...

    By the way, maybe they should do a word-print evaluation to determine who could have written the anonymous note... It could be very revealing... And Embarrassing !

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:13 p.m.

    There is a spot for anonymous comments in a nation of free speech. I do not know that I am among those who are critical of the op-ed piece. The writer is being called a coward for not giving his name. I do not know that I agree. From his position in the White House, writing anonymously is about his only option, if he does not want to lose his job.

    I do wonder what caused Rep. Stewart to call him a liar. I think that unfair. Does Stewart want to point out which things in the op-ed are lies? Stewart also suggests the op-ed writer is only "pretending" to fill his office and is "clearly not willing" to do his job. In filling a public office, you may disagree with those over you, even come to oppose the things they do. This is not wrong. From what is in the op-ed, I do not know that the letter writer goes beyond proper bounds and fails to do his job. Sometimes you should click your heels together, and sometimes you should not. Stewart seems to want him to click his heels together more often.

    "The American people elected Donald Trump as our president and they should be trusted," Stewart says. Does the fact the people voted for him mean he can do no wrong, and is not to be opposed?

  • AC_68 Provo, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:02 p.m.

    "Guess who wrote this!" is such an old trick. The purpose is to get people to read their op-ed hit-peice. That's all.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 6:37 p.m.

    Utah State University journalism professor Tom Terry needs to learn how to spell "populace," but that's not the only embarrassment about his comments.

    "Do I think it was, from a journalistic point of view, fulfilling the purposes of the First Amendment? I think they did the right thing"

    No, the "populous" does not become informed by anonymous sources. That's how propagandists like the NY Times create fake news. So-called "journalism" in America has become a dumpster fire.

    I certainly hope Mr. Matheson writes a editorial defending journalistic ethics and excoriating the duplicitous NY Times.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Sept. 6, 2018 6:27 p.m.

    @Cougsndawgs - West Point , UT

    I did not suggest that the President hinder reporters from reporting on the White House. I am proposing that the press be forced to come clean. As I stated, they could admit to lying and distorting the facts on a huge scale. They just have to come clean.

    Everybody that currently has press credentials to the White House could retain them. All they have to do it come clean.

    The American people have a right to know if the news they get was prepared by honest people and they have the right to know the bias' of the reporter if any.

    The difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Main Stream Media is you know Rush's bias. You know his opinions. Reporters in the Main Stream Media are probably just as opinionated, but they pretend that they are not.

  • utahcoyote Saint George, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 6:25 p.m.

    @Cougsndawgs - West Point , UT

    The Rock:
    "Require all journalists (and their editors) to take a polygraph tests in order to retain their White House credentials.

    actually, i have no problem with this at all. let's take it a step further and require all appointees in the executive branch and all elected members of congress to take the same test in order to maintain the position they now hold. of course, the president should be included in this happy crewe.

  • peabody Steamboat Springs, CO
    Sept. 6, 2018 5:57 p.m.

    Trump's conduct and his tweets in response to the OP-ED piece only serves to validate the concern raised in the Op-ED piece.

  • Born in Bountiful Provo, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2018 5:43 p.m.

    If he was a smart man, he would have called it a media hoax and said, "When they can prove it really came from within the administration, let's have a conversation." Put the burden on the media to prove it was a real source. But, alas, he ain't a smart man.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 5:38 p.m.

    Maybe Omarosa wrote it... maybe some N.Y. Times writer fabricated it... wouldn’t put it past them

    But hey maybe the news outlets that pretend like there is not a bureaucratic deep state running their own agenda will start doing their jobs

    Trump isn’t a nice person and he is probably no fun in a meeting but he is the president and he has the right to pursue his agenda

  • Dot Northern Utah, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 5:33 p.m.

    I agree with Tumbleweed. I am getting so sick of unnamed sources. And such an unfair article.
    Just as the comments on any of various newspapers, anyone can write anything. And do we trust most of the comments on this article? No! We can tell who write on any articles in either newspaper who they are....

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Sept. 6, 2018 5:17 p.m.

    The anonymous op-ed writer offers no new information, besides the heroic adult-in-the-room spin. They are saving America from the worst of Trump's impulses.

    Yet clearly, heroism has its limits.

    He or she is unwilling or unable to attempt Trump's removal via the 25th Amend. Likely because that could jeopardize the goodies that the GOP gets with Trump: SCOTUS picks, tax cuts, ACA roll-back. In short, the author is a self-aggrandizing moral weakling.

    The obvious problem in identifying the writer?

    This unique combination of unflattering qualities describes nearly every person willing to work in the upper levels of the Trump administration.

    Thus the real op-ed author can hide in plain sight, impossible to distinguish from all the other birds of the same soiled feathers.

    Trump is still unfit to serve as POTUS. That much has not changed. Only now we are getting direct quotes to that affect from members of his inner circles.

    But Trump is a singularly Republican problem.

    For the GOP to salvage its political future, it needs to solve the problem it created.

    Pretending to be a hero while continuing to opportunistically milk a dangerous situation won't cut it.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 5:11 p.m.

    @Tumbleweed
    "How can the news even ethically print a defamatory article without identifying the source? Without a name it could have easily have been penned by one of President Trump's leftist enemies in the media."

    They know the name, they just aren't revealing it.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 6, 2018 4:57 p.m.

    Ha ha. Who would ever suspect HIM?

    🤔🤗

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 4:36 p.m.

    With the way Pres. Trump treats his "friends" and the way he has treated anyone that has said anything the least bit critical, I can see why it my be an anonymous op-ed. I like how Rep. Curtis said their might be somethings to learn from it. But, everyone else dismissing it or calling the person a coward miss a couple of points. 1. How Trump has treated virtually everyone that has had anything to do with him. 2. How Trump seems to stretch the truth often and how that has to have effects on personal and moral. and 3. How those very people would be responding if it were an Op-Ed about Hillary or Obama. When the person is finally identified, let's see how they treat him/her. I'm sure they will want to kill the messenger instead of listen to the message.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 4:31 p.m.

    How can the news even ethically print a defamatory article without identifying the source? Without a name it could have easily have been penned by one of President Trump's leftist enemies in the media. They are all in a panic worried that Americans will recognize the multitude of successes President Trump has had since being sworn in.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 4:17 p.m.

    The Rock:
    "Require all journalists (and their editors) to take a polygraph tests in order to retain their White House credentials. I would ask two questions:"

    I'm pretty sure that wouldn't hold up in court. A president hindering the right of the press to report on him regardless of their political ideologies sounds eerily close to Nazi Germany. Our first amendment doesn't entitle a president to demand polygraphs of reporters who've committed no crimes, and frankly as a freedom-loving American I would cringe with any practice that remotely resembles what you've suggested.

    If I were Trump, I would laugh and do his "fake news" thing...why should he care what the unreliable, unequivocally biased NYT thinks/writes? The fact he's getting so worked up over it gives people pause...and it should.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 3:59 p.m.

    Huntsman hasn't been involved with the administration long enough to be of use.
    My money is on Pence.

  • blarsen BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 3:44 p.m.

    Jon Huntsman Jr. as the culprit . . . . hmmm . . . . Could be. It was certainly a mistake to bring him in as an ambassador of anything, let alone Russia. From his past actions and associations, there's no way in heck that he would be a Trump supporter.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Sept. 6, 2018 3:32 p.m.

    It would not surprise me to learn that the NYT fabricated the entire OP-ED piece. It accomplishes two things:

    1. Smears President Trump.
    2. Confuses the enemy.

    If I were President Trump I would do two things:

    1. Administer polygraph tests to 100% of the people in the White House.
    2. Require all journalists (and their editors) to take a polygraph tests in order to retain their White House credentials. I would ask two questions:
    1: Where on the political spectrum do you fall?
    2: Have you ever mislead the readers (or viewers) of your work?

    I would still give leftists and Liberals Press Credentials, but they would be on record as to where they fall on the political spectrum and if they can be trusted. If they refuse to submit to the polygraph test, that also tells us a lot.

    The American people should know what bias creators of news content have and they should also know if the reporter/organization is honest.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 3:27 p.m.

    Lia:
    "Reagan once said trees caused pollution, yet he never tried to act on that belief. He was easily programmed to push tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, and increased military spending, the Republicans' main reasons to exist. Trump has also been a useful idiot for the GOP..."

    Ok, I won't argue with the fact that most presidents have counsel and advisers to steer them in the party's direction and away from eccentric ideas. What I take exception to, as and Independent/Libertarian voter, is your naivete in believing this is just a Republican practice. If anyone is under the delusion that presidents aren't just puppets of their party, they will be sadly disappointed.

    Trump just happens to be a marionette instead of a hand puppet...takes a lot more time and patience to steer him where he needs to go. I didn't vote for him in 2016, and I won't vote for him in 2020, but instead of belittling the Trump base, Dems better learn why they exist and send a clearer message that isn't just anti-Trump regurgitated rhetoric. After all, I won't be voting for their candidate either, unless they give me a good reason to.

  • Aggielove Caldwell, ID
    Sept. 6, 2018 3:01 p.m.

    Who knows what the truth is. But I can say with confidence that JH is no friend to anyone that he could compete with. Very much a democratic

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 2:03 p.m.

    @Vanceone;
    "And the NYT is openly on record as saying they will lie to smear Trump. This is ample evidence of that's a fact."

    No, they are not. Printing the truth about Trump, is not a smear. It's the truth. It's own Trump's words and actions that make it seem like a smear. Remember "What you're seeing and hearing is not really happening"- Donald J. Trump. I bet he used the same line on Melania talking about Karen McDougal and Stormy.

  • Anti Bush-Obama , 00
    Sept. 6, 2018 1:19 p.m.

    Well of course he will deny it. I don't think he will admit it if he did it.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    Sept. 6, 2018 1:09 p.m.

    Why is Mr. Trump so concerned? after all, he has stated many times that the media is fake News. Therefore, he should ignore it.

    Oh wait, we have the new Book "Fear" that corroborate the information in the op-ed.
    May be there is some or a lot of truth in the op-ed after all. Yeap! Mr. Trump should be concerned.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 1:06 p.m.

    Part II

    Reagan once said trees caused pollution, yet he never tried to act on that belief. He was easily programmed to push tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, and increased military spending, the Republicans' main reasons to exist. Trump has also been a useful idiot for the GOP, helping once again to sell the Republican agenda -- not only tax cuts, more money for the Pentagon, and deregulation, but extreme judicial appointments to remove all checks on corporations, suppression of minority voters, and monstrous treatment of immigrants to stave off new citizens that would vote Democratic.
    As a naive and hard-headed man, Trump is simply harder to handle than Reagan was. That's the real reason the writer of the op ed is unwilling to invoke the 25th: The tradeoff of corralling a moron is worth the "mainstream" Republican outcome.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 1:04 p.m.

    Part 1-
    We keep hearing that the idea of White House staffers working around the president and making decisions without his consent is unprecedented. It is not. That was precisely the situation with Ronald Reagan.

    The difference is that Reagan largely understood his role as figurehead and was fully programmable; only in the case of Star Wars and total disarmament talks with Gorbachev did Reagan go off the reservation. Trump, however, is so stupid and narcissistic he actually believes he is...well, not president, since he doesn't know what that means...but some sort of supreme leader making all the important decisions.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 1:04 p.m.

    Definitely a possibility since he was in the U.S. recently and was an JM idol.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 12:50 p.m.

    Of course he didn't. Huntsman's in this whole mess to further his families connection with Russia petroleum and chemical interests. He probably knows more than most of Trump's Russian connections, but he's not going to tell anyone. Plus, the accusation came from the Daily Mail, the UK version of the National Enquirer.

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 12:41 p.m.

    Most of the evidence suggests this entire op-ed was written by the NYT and attributed to a false source in the White Hourse.

    There are very few specifics and those that are are available from public sources. There's nothing to suggest this came from the White House or the administration at all.

    And the NYT is openly on record as saying they will lie to smear Trump. This is ample evidence of that fact.