In yet another significant and sudden White House resignation, President Donald Trump’s Deputy Assistant Sebastian Gorka has informed the president that he is out. His resignation letter, excerpts of which were published by The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway Friday night, is what we’ve come to expect from Gorka: blunt, raw and committed to the vision of the Trump campaign. In fact, it is because of that commitment that Gorka says he feels compelled to resign.
“Given recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are — for now — ascendant within the White House,” he wrote, Hemingway reports. “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,” he wrote.
The final straw for Gorka was Trump’s Afghanistan speech, which he said “made patently obvious” that those like himself and the president still committed to MAGA were no longer controlling the administration:
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.
Gorka ends his resignation letter by reaffirming his support for the MAGA vision for America, which he casts in opposition to the “political and media elites”:
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.
Gorka’s departure comes one week after Steve Bannon was either forced out or resigned, depending on the source. Gorka was a contributor to Breitbart News, which Bannon controlled, and holds many of the same stances on foreign policy as the “populist hero” Bannon.
Hemingway cites a “source close to the White House” that made clear that Gorka’s resignation “was more or less going to be a done deal when Bannon submitted his resignation,” not because of the absence of a “protector,” but because of the sense that he could not get the MAGA agenda accomplished without him. That source told Hemingway that after Bannon departed, “anti-Bannon factions began erecting bureaucratic road blocks” to Gorka’s agenda.
In case you missed it, Gorka was recently a guest on The Daily Wire‘s “Andrew Klavan Show.” Interview starts around the 11-minute mark: