Donald Trump's national security aide Sebastian Gorka is no longer part of the White House think tank. Sebastian Gorka told the Associated Press in the United States that he has resigned from his position. A White House official, however, says Gorka did not resign but “no longer works at the White House.”
That official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Gorka is declining to discuss the reasons he has left the White House, but is pointing toward excerpts from his resignation letter that were posted Friday evening by The Federalist website.
Gorka wrote that “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.”
Gorka’s departure comes a week after the exit of chief strategist Steve Bannon from the White House. Mr Gorka was a national security adviser to Breitbart News, under Steve Bannon, who also left the Trump administration a week ago.
The 46-year-old had become a familiar face on television, offering a bombastic defence of the President in an English accent. Born in London to Hungarian parents, he became a US citizen in recent years.
He he had been accused of ties to far-right groups and his claimed counter-terrorism knowledge was repeatedly questioned by peers. Meanwhile, Mr Trump has granted his first presidential pardon to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The former lawmaker was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving his department's racial profiling policy. President Trump has frequently praised Mr Arpaio for his hardline stance on immigration.