Foreign Affairs

Hungarian Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka Leaves White House

Last week, Sebastian Gorka, a national security expert of Hungarian origin, resigned from his position in US President Donald Trump’s White House, and has returned to far-right news site Breitbart, joining former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who left the administration earlier this month.

Gorka is a national security expert who has served as a Fox News contributor and national security editor for Breitbart. He was also charged with a weapons offense last year for attempting to bring a gun onto an airplane, a charge which has since been dismissed.

Born in London to parents who had fled the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Gorka has in the past served as an advisor to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. He also worked at the Hungarian Ministry of Defense during the Prime Ministry of József Antall, Hungary’s first PM following the end of Communism.

He became the center of media firestorm earlier this year over a controversy surrounding his father’s membership in the Order of Vitéz (Vitézi Rend). This has led to some news outlets accusing Gorka of somehow having ‘Nazi’ affiliations (read our in-depth article on the “controversy” here).

Upon leaving the White House, Gorka released a ‘resignation letter’, in which he claimed that

that forces that do not support the MAGA [Make America Great Again] 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.

Despite this, however, some within the Trump administration have claimed that Gorka had not resigned, but had rather been fired. British newspaper the Independent quoted an anonymous White House official, who said that

Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House.

And the former White House aide has by no means left controversy behind him since his departure; in his resignation letter, he also attacked a recent speech by President Trump on US troops in Afghanistan, claiming that “that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of Radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism.” In his letter, Gorka also claimed that, other than Trump, those who believed in the President’s campaign message to ‘Make America Great Again’ have been “internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months.”

In a response, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson completely rejected such accusations, and argued that they showed that Gorka was out of touch with Trump’s policy goals, telling Fox News that the comments show “a lack of understanding of the president’s broader policy when it comes to protecting Americans at home and abroad from all acts of terrorism.”

While Sebastian Gorka’s time serving the Trump administration has come to an end, however, there is still a Gorka in the White House: his wife, Katharine Gorka (who is herself no stranger to controversy), will continue on as a national security analyst working with the Department of Homeland Security.

Via the Independent, CNN, Business Insider, Buzzfeed News, and The Hill

Image via Sebastian Gorka Facebook Page