Last Thursday, Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to the President in the Trump White House, appeared on the BBC’s “Newsnight” program, where he became engaged in an argument with the show’s anchor over “fake news” and recent statements made by President Donald Trump.
Mr. Gorka was asked about Mr. Trump’s controversial press conference last week, in which he attacked the press as “so dishonest” and “out of control,” and described his administration as a “well-oiled machine.”
When questioned about Mr. Trump’s factual errors regarding the size of the electoral college, Mr. Gorka retorted that the anchor was “getting a little bit obsessive,” without actually addressing the substance of the question. He also repeatedly referred to BBC, as well as other members of the ‘mainstream’ media, as purveyors of “fake news,” and said that the Trump administration would continue to break up the press’ “monopoly” on the news.
You can view the video in its entirety below:
Mr. Gorka is a national security expert who has served as a Fox News contributor and national security editor for far-right news site 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, Mr. 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.
In related news, Hungarian news site 444.hu reported earlier this month that Mr. Gorka’s former employer Breitbart has purchased the domain name breitbart.hu. While this is a possible indication that the far-right news organization may intend to move into the Hungarian market, it might also simply be an attempt to secure the name before others do so.
Via the BBC, CNBC, and 444.hu
Image via BBC Newsnight YouTube Channel
Video via BBC Newsnight YouTube Channel