Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Trump Counterterrorism Adviser Out Unable to Pass Clearance for National Security Council

Roughly three months after Breitbart’s “Counter-Terrorism Expert” joined the White House, multiple outlets are reporting he’s leaving the White House.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official told the News agency that Sebastian Lukács Gorka failed to get National Security Council Clearance after he was Charged with carrying a Gun at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last year. The Case was dismissed in February after he was ordered the forfeit the Weapon and remain on "Good Behavior" for six months.

One Senior Administration official said Gorka is expected to find an opportunity outside the White House soon. Another said it's possible he would take another job in the Administration, but added it's more likely he will leave altogether. That official said Gorka was simply generating too much controversy for the White House.

Gorka currently is a Deputy Assistant to President Trump and has been working on the National Security Council (NSC) and the Strategic Initiatives Group, under a temporary Secret Clearance, which Gorka has described as a focal point for task forces collaborating with people outside Government.

Gorka is a former Breitbart National Security Editor who has been outspoken on the need to confront Islamic Terrorism. In his role in the White House, he has become one of Trump's most prominent Public cheerleaders, frequently hitting the Radio airwaves to defend the President's Counter-Terrorism Policies and Public statements.

Gorka is the latest shake-up for the Trump White House's National Security Council following the firing of the first National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the removal of Steve Bannon from the NSC's Principals Committee and the expected Departure of Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland to be Nominated as the next United States Ambassador to Singapore.

Gorka's work for Trump goes back as far as 2015, as Federal Election Commission filings showed Gorka was paid $8,000 that October to be a Policy Consultant for the Trump Campaign.

Gorka, a U.S. Citizen who was born in Britain and has Hungarian parents, was known for his dire warnings about Islamic Terrorism while at Breitbart.

Though his role at the White House was always nebulous, he emerged as a Top Spokesman for the Trump Administration, frequently appearing on CNN and other networks.

The Washington Examiner first reported Gorka's expected Departure.

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