President Trump responds to NY Times op-ed by anonymous White House official

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(NBC NEWS) — A stunning New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous senior White House official has delivered a second editorial gut-punch to President Trump in as many days, with vivid pictures of fear, chaos and questions of the president’s fitness for office. 

The New York Times headline reads: “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” 

In the op-ed, the official calls President Trump “amoral” and accuses him of making “half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions.”

The op-ed also confirms early talk among aides of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office. 

“We fully recognize what is happening,” the insider writes. “And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.”

President Trump is calling the letter treason, and the White House is demanding the author resign. 

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Nike also will create an apparel line for Kaepernick, including a signature shoe, and contribute to his Know Your Rights charity, the person said. The deal puts Kaepernick in the top bracket of NFL players with Nike.

The endorsement deal between Nike and Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday. It was a trending topic on Twitter and other social networks, with some fans urging a boycott of the company’s clothes and sneakers — even burning and cutting out the signature swoosh logos on their gear.

“I stand for anybody that believes in change. I stand for anybody that believes in a positive attitude,” LeBron James said Tuesday night at a Nike fashion show and awards ceremony in New York. “I stand with Nike, every day, all day.”

Nike also provides all NFL teams with game day uniforms and sideline apparel, a partnership that was extended in March to run through 2028.

President Donald Trump, a frequent critic of protesting NFL players, tweeted Wednesday that Nike is getting “killed” over the endorsement deal.

“Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts,” Trump tweeted. “I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!”

The College of the Ozarks, a private Christian school in Point Lookout, Missouri, that competes in sports at the NAIA level, said it will remove all uniforms purchased from Nike that contain the brand’s logo.

Last year, the college added a stipulation to competition contracts, saying it would walk away from any game where the opposing team takes a knee, sits or turns its back on the flag or anthem.

“If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them,” College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis said in a statement. “We also believe that those who know what sacrifice is all about are more likely to be wearing a military uniform than an athletic uniform,”

The AP has contributed to this report. 

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