Sebastian Gorka Leaves White House, Complains it’s not Islamophobic Enough

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It’s unclear whether he resigned or was pushed out.

Sebastian Gorka, a national security adviser to President Donald Trump, will be leaving the White House, multiple news outlets reported Friday evening.

In his resignation letter, first obtained by the Federalist, the controversial counterterrorism adviser said he was dissatisfied with the current direction of the administration’s foreign policy — especially in wake of Trump’s recent speech on Afghanistan.

“Given 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 American Great Again’ have been internally countered, systemically removed, or undermined in recent months,” he continued. “This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week.”

However, there is speculation as to whether Gorka resigned of his own accord or was pushed out, according to the New York Times.

Gorka has been a controversial figure in an already controversial administration. He is reportedly a sworn member of a Nazi-allied group in Hungary, and his credentials for the position have come under fire.

In May, 55 members of Congress wrote a letter to Trump urging the president to dismiss Gorka because of links to anti-Semitic groups in Hungary.

“As members of the U.S. Congress who care deeply about fighting anti-Semitism at home and abroad, we urge you to immediately dismiss senior White House counterterrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka,” the letter read. “Based on recent revelations about Mr. Gorka’s public support for and membership in several anti-Semitic and racist groups in Hungary, he is clearly unfit to serve in any position of responsibility in your administration.”

Gorka joined the White House as a deputy assistant to the president in January. Prior to that he had worked as a security editor at Breitbart and a consultant for the FBI during the 2016 campaign until he was fired for anti-Muslim rants.

Counterterrorism experts have repeatedly been puzzled by Gorka’s list of military academic credentials — notably his political science PhD — and their unfamiliarity with his work.

He was fiercely criticized for wearing a Vitézi Rend medal to Trump’s inauguration. Vitézi is a Hungarian far-right group with historical ties to Nazis and anti-Semitism. Gorka allegedly took a “lifelong oath of loyalty” to the group.

 

Reprinted with permission from Think Progress