“Ever since that movie came out, there has been a pale cast on everyone in the administration, everyone is a suspect. So within the administration, everyone is hunting, so to speak, anonymously,” Navarro said Friday on the “New Day of CNN”. “
Asked if this included him, Navarro said: “Of course, it’s a vocation for everyone.”
Navarro was asked in particular if he believes Coates is the author, as sources say he said internally in the White House, but did not say.
“Suspicions are everywhere,” he said, continuing to clash against “so-called senior administration officials.”
Once the unsubstantiated rumor that Coates was the author started circulating within the west wing, the editors of the book denied it, but their refusal did little to stop Navarro from continuing to insist that it was she, two people said.
When asked what he was doing to find Anonymous, Navarro was a mother: “You read the book. You read the editorial work. Think about it – that’s all.”
In the past few weeks, Navarro has been on the hunt to determine who is Anonymous, two people said, a move that would likely have thanked him with the President.
Initially several officials were amused by Navarro’s tactics, but then worried that this would influence Coates’ position with the President, the officials say.
Numerous officials who listened to Navarro said they do not believe Coates is the author and many have described her as true to the President’s agenda. However, the job became unsustainable given these dynamics, so Coates started looking for an exit, officials said, which led her to move to the Energy Department on Thursday.
Coates declined to comment when joined by CNN.
Asked Tuesday if there was a search for who it was “Anonymous”, Trump said: “Yes, there is, it’s not so much a search, I know who it is. I can tell you, but I know who it is.”
National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien elevated Coates to deputy national security adviser when he took office last fall.