Roger Stone: No One Wrote 'New York Times' Anonymous Op-Ed, A "Fabrication"

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Trump confidant Roger Stone said the anonymous New York Times op-ed actually was written by no one. He told CNN's Chris Cuomo that he believes it is a fabrication in an interview Monday night on CNN.

Stone said, regardless, the op-ed makes the case that the "adults are in charge." But then Stone argued what did the "adults," or the "establishment," actually do for Americans when they were in charge for decades. He listed problems the country has faced under their leadership.

"The adults were in charge for the last 30 years," Stone said. "What did it get us? Foreign war which cost us billions and many lives without our inherent national interests being clear. A stagnant economy. The erosion of our civil liberties. A broken immigration system. Trade deals that were one-sided and benefitted our partners and not our country. It sucked the jobs out of America. Frankly, I don't think we were better off when the adults, meaning the establishment, was in charge."





ROGER STONE: This is the most popular parlor game in Washington and in New York right now. I have a theory that no one wrote it. Meaning that it's a fabrication. A McGuffin. What I do think is that the president's ordering Jeff Sessions to investigate it is a waste of time. In fact, the entire issue is a distraction.

The president should stay focused on continuing to deliver the good economic news. Wage growth at record levels, job creation at record levels, GDP growth at record levels. African and Hispanic unemployment at the lowest point ever. I think those are better themes to run on for the 2018 election. I frankly think that's the president's strong suit.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN: Why don't you think he spends any time -- instead of who wrote it, about thinking about the message, it's consistent with the [Woodward] book, it's consistent with so many things we've heard leaked out of the White House? Why not have self-reflection and figure out why this message keeps getting out there?

ROGER STONE: Well, actually, if you read the actual op-ed, it would argue that the adults are in charge.

In all honesty, Chris, the adults were in charge for the last 30 years. What did it get us? Foreign war which cost us billions and many lives without our inherent national interests being clear. A stagnant economy. The erosion of our civil liberties. A broken immigration system. Trade deals that were one-sided and benefitted our partners and not our country. It sucked the jobs out of America. Frankly, I don't think we were better off when the adults, meaning the establishment, was in charge.

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