Dr. Sebatian Gorka resigned tonight from the White House as Deputy Assistant to President Trump. He was an advisor on counterterrorism and Islamic affairs.
In his resignation letter, Gorka said he believes the White House is infiltrated by those who do not believe in Trump's vision for the country. "[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," Gorka wrote.
Gorka focused his ire against Trump's speech on Afghanistan, claiming Trump neglected to blame Islamic terrorism by name for the trouble in the central Asian nation.
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...
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.
Before he joined the White House, Gorka worked closely with Steve Bannon while writing for Breitbart and continued the working relationship while in the Administration.
When Steve Bannon departed the White House on August 14, Bannon also gave a warning to supporters in an interview in The Weekly Standard. "The Trump Presidency that we fought for, and won, is over," he said. Like Gorka, Bannon also committed that he would continue to fight for Trump's ideas outside of the White House as the returning executive editor of Breitbart.
Despite the departures, Gorka held hope for the Administration's success:
"Your presidency will prove to be one of the most significant events in modern American politics. November the 8th was the result of decades during which the political and media elites felt that they knew better than the people who elect them into office. They do not, and the MAGA platform allowed their voices to be heard. Millions of people believe in, and have chosen, you and your vision of Making America Great Again. They will help eventually rebalance this temporary reality," he wrote.
Later in the evening, Gorka changed his profile photo on Twitter from a suited portrait to something more comfortable: