Sebastian Gorka, the brusque national security aide to President Donald Trump, reportedly resigned his post as deputy assistant to the president late Friday.
The Federalist reports Gorka wrote a scathing resignation letter that sharply criticized the president’s newly unveiled strategy for the war in Afghanistan, and savaged White House rivals who he claims oppose the Trump agenda.
“[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”
“Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again,’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months.”
“This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week…” he continued, in portions of the letter reported by The Federalist. “The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of Radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost…”
A White House official disputed that the now-departed aide resigned. “Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House,” the official said in an email to reporters.
Gorka’s position in the White House has been tenuous since the beginning of the administration. He struggled to obtain a security clearance given his connection with fringe right-wing groups in eastern Europe including the Order of Vitéz, a Hungarian order of merit with extensive ties to the Nazi regime. It is also not clear that he played a substantive role in policy. Instead, he appeared frequently on television or in various political forums as a spokesman for the president’s foreign policy.
Before joining the administration, Gorka was national security affairs editor for Breitbart News.
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