Vice President Mike Pence: "The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds," said Pence's spokesman, Jarrod Agen, on Twitter. "The @NYTImes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed. Our office is above such amateur acts,"
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Speaking to reporters during a trip to India, Pompeo said the op-ed was "not mine." He called the author a "disgruntled deceptive bad actor" who should quit rather than "undermine what President Trump and this administration are trying to do."
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats: "Speculation that the New York Times op-ed was written by me or my principal deputy is patently false. We did not," Coats said in a statement, referring to his top aide, Sue Gordon.
White House counsel Don McGahn: Asked on Capitol Hill whether he wrote the piece, McGahn, who is leaving the White House later this fall, said simply, "No!"
First lady Melania Trump: The first lady was not among the top candidates who might have authored the piece, so her statement Thursday, from her typically quiet press office, was unexpected: In it, the first lady said, "To the writer of the oped - you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions."
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen: "Secretary Nielsen is focused on leading the men and women of DHS and protecting the homeland - not writing anonymous and false opinion pieces for the New York Times," said Tyler Houlton, press secretary for DHS.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis: "It was not his op-ed," said Dana White, chief Pentagon spokesperson, to reporters traveling overseas with Mattis.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie: "Neither Secretary Wilkie nor anyone else at VA wrote the op-ed," said Wilkie's spokesman,
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross: "I did not write and am thoroughly appalled by this op-ed. I couldn't be prouder of our work at Commerce and of @POTUS" he tweeted.
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin: "It is laughable to think this could come from the Secretary," said Tony Sayegh, a spokesman for Treasury, in a tweet.
The list of potential authors, or at least potential agencies they might have come from, was narrowed by the fact that the op-ed seemed to focus on national security, it mentioned the author's admiration for the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and it referenced the very early days of the Trump administration.
Other officials who seemed much less likely to have authored the op-ed, or even to have known who did, also took pains to deny authorship, either in person or through their spokespeople on Thursday.
They included Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, CIA Director Gina Haspel, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Andrew Wheeler, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Linda McMahon, administrator of the Small Business Administration.
This story will be updated with new statements as they come in.