Sebastian Gorka is the former Trump administration advisor that everyone loves to hate. Since exiting the White House, and later announcing he would return to the alt-right website Breitbart, working alongside former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, Gorka has managed to stay in the public eye.
Sebastian Gorka resigned his position as deputy assistant to the White House on August 25, feeling he could do more to further President Donald Trump’s agenda if he were outside the White House.
In a statement about his resignation Gorka said:
‘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. As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.’
In an op-ed piece for The Hill, Gorka claimed that he was told to cooperate with Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff last year while working at the White House. At one point, Gorka says, he was told to play ball with the author but backed out, thinking Wolff was trying to damage the president.
‘So, when I met Michael Wolff in [former chief of staff] Reince Priebus’ office, where he was waiting to talk to [former chief strategist] Steve Bannon and after I had been told to also speak to him for his book, my attitude was polite but firm: “Thanks but no thanks.” Our brief encounter reinforced my gut feeling that this oleaginous scribe had no interest in being fair and unbiased.’
Gorka, who spoke to staff at The Hill, refused to say who it was that told him to interact with Wolff, but he did say that it was not Steve Bannon or Donald Trump himself. Reince Priebus is the only other person mentioned in the op-ed piece, and didn’t respond to a comment request.
Later, in a tweet, Gorka said that the command came from an “external” source.
Below are some of the reactions to Gorka’s revelation:
I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
The president and his administration are in full clean up mode, trying to combat the claims made in Wolff’s book, which depicts a chaotic White House and specifically a mentally unstable president.
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