Foreign Affairs

So, How Much Does Hungarian Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka Make?

A new list of salaries of White House staffers was recently released by the administration of US President Donald Trump. The report reveals, among other things, that Sebastian Gorka, who holds the title of Deputy Assistant to the President and Strategist, earns $155,000 per year for his efforts.

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, 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).

Compared to the Obama administration, Trump’s White House is operating more cheaply, but with far fewer staff. You can view a side by side comparison of the two administrations’ White House budgets, compiled by NPR, below:

As you can see, while the Obama administration’s total costs were higher, it also employed close to 100 more people than Trump’s White House does currently. Median salaries are higher, and in addition, as NPR points out

“22 people make the same top salary. Eighteen more earn $165,000 a year, making the Trump administration’s payroll top-heavy compared to the Obama administration.”

The top salary category is reserved for the highest-ranking staffers, who hold the title of “Assistant to the President.” As a Deputy Assistant, Gorka occupies the tier just below Assistants, as can be seen in his generous compensation.

Via NPR, qz.com, mno.hu, and slate.com

Images via NPR and Sebastian Gorka Facebook