National security aide Sebastian Gorka says he has quit the Trump White House, making him the latest official to exit the administration of President Donald Trump.
In a letter of resignation written by Gorka and obtained by a number of media outlets, he said Trump’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan left him dissatisfied with the direction the administration’s foreign policy is headed.
“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,” Gorka wrote in the letter to Trump.
Gorka said the term “radical Islamic terror” had been scrubbed from the speech. This, according to Gorka, showed that “a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost.”
“This omission should seriously disturb any national security professional, and any American who is unsatisfied with the last 16 years of disastrous policy decisions,” Gorka wrote.
While Gorka maintains he resigned his post, numerous media outlets – citing anonymous administration sources – are reporting that Gorka was pushed out.
One source told the Associated Press Gorka didn’t resign but he “no longer works at the White House.”
Gorka, a former editor at the conservative website Breitbart, joined the Trump administration as a counterterrorism adviser with hardline views on terrorism.
He concluded, in his letter, that “the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the people's house.”
Gorka is the latest administration official to leave the White House, following chief strategist Steve Bannon, who quickly returned to his previous job at Breitbart News following his exit from the administration.
Similar to Gorka, Bannon, upon his exit, said he would be better equipped to support Trump and his agenda outside the White House.