On Friday, it was reported that Sebastian Gorka, one of Trump’s national security advisers, resigned from the White House in opposition to Trump’s policies. Gorka’s resignation wasn’t too surprising considering that Steve Bannon had resigned earlier this month. Bannon and Gorka both represented the alt-right faction of the Trump White House and it appears that faction has, for now, been defeated. As for Gorka, he recently told Breitbart’s Matt Boyle that he would be returning to Breitbart where he worked prior to joining Trump’s staff.
“I will be working with you, with Steve, with the Breitbart crew,” he said. Gorka later added that Trump’s speech regarding Afghanistan had convinced him that Trump wasn’t being well-served.
Gorka’s comments on Afghanistan, and Trump, in general, echo comments that were allegedly made by him in a resignation letter obtained by the Federalist.
‘[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. 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…
‘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…’
He also allegedly wrote that he did not agree with Trump’s lack of objectives regarding the future of the conflict in Afghanistan.
‘Just as worrying, when discussing our future actions in the region, the speech listed operational objectives without ever defining the strategic victory conditions we are fighting for. This omission should seriously disturb any national security professional, and any American who is unsatisfied with the last 16 years of disastrous policy decisions which have led to thousands of Americans killed and trillions of taxpayer dollars spent in ways that have not brought security or victory.’
That being said, Gorka’s version of events has been disputed by some within the White House itself. While Trump himself has not spoken out regarding Gorka, a White House official has claimed that Gorka had been fired.
‘Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House.’
As far as Breitbart is concerned, Gorka previously served as the site’s National Security editor though he says he has no desire to replace the current editor. That being said, it is highly likely that he will use the site as a platform to preach his views on national security and terrorism. Even among conservatives, Gorka is noteworthy for his hardline stance on Islam and frequently advocates for the use of phrases such as “radical Islamic terrorism.” Such wording has been condemned by many in national security community who fear it does nothing more than alienate potential Muslim allies.
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