John R. Houk
© August 28, 2017
I was big fan of Sebastian Gorka before he joined the Trump Administration on the Security Council. I still am a fan. Thus, I was very disappointed that Gorka left the Security Council intimating the wrong group in the White House had gotten President Trump’s ear.
Here is an excerpt of Gorka’s resignation letter from the Conservative Tribune:
In his letter to President Donald Trump, Gorka accused Trump of having the wrong priorities on both issues, referencing the increased influence of perceived moderates within the Trump White House, such as Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, with no large degree of subtlety.
“(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,” Gorka wrote. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”
Gorka said that the president’s recent policy shift on Afghanistan — which is essentiall [sic] on open-ended involvement to secure the region as opposed to timetables — ran counter to the foreign policy objectives he believed the administration should stand for.
“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 letter read.
“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,” Gorka wrote.
“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.” (Sebastian Gorka’s Resignation Letter Stunned White House With Sharp Language; By MARTIN LIOLL; Conservative Tribune; 8/28/17 5:58AM)
Unsurprisingly, the Left Stream Media has contradicted Gorka’s resignation via the mysterious unnamed sources which implied he was forced out or perhaps fired. Gorka stands by the fact he resigned for being disgruntled and not forced out. Here is a very recent post resignation interview from SiriusXMPolitics on Twitter:
(Hat tip on twitter interview: Death and Taxes)
The Free Beacon caught Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Fox News Sunday stating Gorka’s assertion in the resignation letter was off-base pertaining to Foreign Policy. (Fox News Sunday video clip):
“Sebastian Gorka in his resignation letter wrote this about the Afghanistan speech: ‘the fact that those who drafted and approved the speech remove any mention of radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism proves that a crucial element of the presidential campaign has been lost.’ Is he right?” Wallace asked.
“I think he’s completely wrong, Chris,” Tillerson said. “And I think it shows 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. The president has charged us to develop policies and tactics, both diplomatically and militarily, to attack terrorism in as many forms wherever it exists in the world and wherever it might present a threat to the homeland or to Americans anywhere.”
“This means that we have to develop techniques that are global in nature. All we want is to ensure that terrorists do not have the capability to organize and carry out attacks,” he added.
Tillerson also denied that there was any division between “globalists” and “America first-ers.” (Tillerson on Gorka’s Resignation Letter: ‘Completely Wrong’ in Assessment of Trump Policy; By Charles Fain Lehman; Washington Free Beacon; 8/27/17 11:57 am)
I am beginning to think that Secretary Tillerson is one of those globalists (rightscoop & Axios) Sebastian Gorka is concerned about.
The Left has been smearing Gorka as Nazi-connected. The Leftist smear against Gorka has been exposed as a Fake News lie perpetrated to toss mud on the Trump Administration. The lie centers around Sebastian Gorka’s father being a member of the Hungarian Vitézi Rend, an organization originally set up for returning veterans of Austro-Hungarian Empire military of Hungarian descent. Austro-Hungary was united as an ally of Germany in WWI and who were both losers. Austro-Hungary’s punishment in the loss was the fragmenting of the empire into independent nations. As such Hungary became an independent nation.
The Hungarian government soon realized people of Hungarian descent were spread out within the confines of the now non-existent Austro-Hungary Empire. Those Hungarians outside on the new Hungarian government were also members of the Austro-Hungary military. Ergo the post WWI Hungarian government felt an obligation to create a veterans’ organization for Hungarian former military members only. That organization became known as Vitézi Rend or in English, “Knightly Order” or “Order of the Valiant”. Wikipedia on the establishment of Vitézi Rend:
Following the peace Treaty of Trianon, which banished the ruling House of Hapsburg from Hungary, a constitutional assembly decided to return to the monarchical form of government and replace the incumbent Habsburg regent, Archduke Joseph August von Habsburg of Austria, with Vice-Admiral Miklós Horthy de Nagybánya. It was mainly his idea to help re-build the shattered country by giving land to soldiers who had proven themselves on the battlefield. This way, the poverty brought on by World War I could begin to be alleviated and soldiers could be rewarded.
The Vitéz Order was created by Prime Ministerial Decree number 6650 of 1920 (6650/1920 M.E. in Hungarian usage) and was included as paragraph no. 77 in the Land Reform Act (Law XXXVI of 1920). Membership replaced the titles of nobility; since Horthy was only the regent of the Hungarian Kingdom, he had no rights to make people knights or noblemen. The title of “vitéz” was to serve as an award. The “vitéz” title was official. The legislation gave those qualifying as members of the Order in need a grant of land and/or a house. According to Viktor Karady, “its members served as a strictly Christian gentry”.
Admittance into the Order was exclusively on military merit by the number of medals won. It worked on a system depending on rank, where privates or junior NCOs had to prove lesser awards of bravery, while officers and generals had to prove more in World War I. Members received a badge and were entitled to use the designation vitéz as a prefix to their names. Admission into the Order also carried with it a land grant of 40 cadastral holds to an officer, eight cadastral holds to other ranks based on need (1 cadastral hold = c. 1.43 acres). The Order of Vitéz become hereditary, and the grants (title, badge and land grant) were to be passed on by the recipient to his eldest son.Horthy was the first to be admitted into the Order and was also its Captain General (Főkapitány). In 1920, Archduke Joseph August of Austria became the first knight of the Order of Vitéz. (Order of Vitéz – Establishment of the Order; Wikipedia; page was last edited 8/27/17 11:59)
No Nazis existed during WWI (1914 – 1918). Gorka’s father was one of those returning veterans of WWI. Leftist accusation against Sebastian Gorka stems from rebuilding after WWII. Hungary allied with Nazi Germany. Unsurprisingly, new veterans returning to Hungary had those sympathetic to Nazi ideology. However, it is a proven fact that a huge amount of the Vitézi Rend were not a part of the Nazi sympathies of some Hungarians. Indeed, Sebastian Gorka’s father acted to protect Jews from Nazi atrocities. Furthermore, even though the Vitézi Rend is a hereditary Hungarian honor, Sebastian Gorka never participated in any of the veteran group’s ceremonies.
The whole Fake News became explosive especially after the Charlottesville Rumble between Antifa Communists and Neo-Nazi White Supremacists. But again, Gorka didn’t leave the White House because of Nazi Fake News, but because of the disappointment the President Trump appears to be listening to Establishment and/or Globalist-minded staffers over the MAGA stalwarts involved in President Trump’s election campaign.
More reading on the Fake News Nazi smear which includes Jewish sources that are not Left Wing:
The Washington Examiner of top level staffers that have left the White House voluntarily and involuntarily:
Sebastian Gorka- Deputy assistant
Controversial adviser to President Trump accused of having ties to far-right foreign groups, he lasted one week in a post-Steve Bannon White House. Gorka claims he resigned, which the White House disputes.
Andrew Hemming- Rapid response director
Former RNC research adviser, White House said his departure was a mutual decision.
Steve Bannon- Chief strategist
Former chairman of Breitbart News, dedicated to Trump’s populist platform and a main link between Trump and the “alt-right.” He “mutually agreed” to leave the White House with new chief of staff John Kelly.
Anthony Scaramucci- Communications director
Financier who joined the Trump White House for 10 whirlwind days, which saw the departures of Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus, before quickly being shown the door by Priebus chief of staff replacement John Kelly.
Michael Short- Assistant press secretary
One of several former RNC staffers who followed Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus to the White House. Anthony Scaramucci planned to fire him, but he officially resigned first.\
Reince Priebus- Chief of staff
Former RNC chairman who struggled to bring order to a chaotic White House, finally shown the door after Trump brought in Anthony Scaramucci as communications director over Priebus’ strenuous objections.
Sean Spicer- Press secretary
Former RNC spokesman whose daily combative exchanges with the press on the president’s behalf came to an end over Trump’s decision to put Anthony Scaramucci in charge of driving the White House’s messaging, despite lacking any political experience.
Mike Dubke- Communications director
Brought in by Sean Spicer in February and left three months later amid rumors of a White House staff shakeup.
K.T. McFarland- Deputy national security adviser
Former Fox News contributor and Mike Flynn’s deputy during his brief tenure as national security adviser. She left the White House and Trump nominated her to be ambassador to Singapore.
Katie Walsh- Deputy chief of staff
Deputy chief of staff under Reince Priebus, she left after Trump suffered a very public defeat on his first attempt to get Obamacare repealed.
Mike Flynn- National security adviser
Head of the Defense Intelligence Agency fired by Barack Obama, he became a top Trump surrogate during the campaign but failed to disclose meetings with Russian contacts, which he misled Vice President Mike Pence about.
This list doesn’t include some of the lower level staffers such as Rich Higgins who was fired for writing a 7-page memo on Deep State activities within the Trump Administration aimed at derailing President Trump.
To my knowledge Molly Hemingway of The Federalist is the first to break the story that Sebastian Gorka resigned as Deputy Assistant to President Trump. Below is that cross post
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Breaking: Sebastian Gorka Resigns From Trump Administration
By Mollie Hemingway
AUGUST 25, 2017
Sebastian Gorka is resigning his post as Deputy Assistant to President Trump, multiple sources familiar with the situation have told The Federalist.
In a blunt resignation letter, the national security and counterterrorism expert expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the Trump administration. “[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,” Gorka wrote. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”
Gorka’s letter expressed unhappiness with the direction the Trump administration’s foreign policy has taken, as signaled by the president’s recent speech on Afghanistan:
“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.”
During his time in the Trump administration, Gorka focused on issues such as countering the Muslim Brotherhood, the crisis in Qatar, supporting efforts to draft a new long-term national security strategy, and combatting China’s economic warfare. Before coming to the White House, Gorka was the Major General Matthew C. Horner Chair at Marine Corps University and also contributed to Breitbart News.
Gorka’s tenure at the White House was marked by unusually vociferous attacks against him and his family by left-leaning media organizations and the Democratic Party. This includes personal attacks against his wife, mother, and son.
A source close to the White House said of his decision, “This was more or less going to be a done deal when Bannon submitted his resignation. Not because he didn’t have a protector, but because there is no point in having your life ruined every day if you’re not going to get much accomplished.” The same source said that what did change after Bannon left was that anti-Bannon factions began erecting bureaucratic road blocks to undermine Gorka internally.
The Forward has written dozens of attack pieces against Gorka, including several attempting to align him with Nazism. Most recently that publication retracted a story about his son’s schoolwork. Gorka strenuously objected to allegations he had ties to Nazi groups in his family’s home country of Hungary, where he had previously been involved in national politics. Even detractors eventually acknowledged the Nazi accusations were unfair smears.
In his letter, Gorka made clear that he believes in the promise of the Trump presidency despite being concerned about its present direction.
“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,” he wrote, adding, “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.”
UPDATE: In response to this story, an anonymous White House official reportedly said, “Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House.”
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter at @mzhemingway
Gorka Displeased with White House Direction – Resigns
John R. Houk
© August 28, 2017
Breaking: Sebastian Gorka Resigns From Trump Administration
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