Sebastian Gorka is a former advisor of the US president, who left the White House in 2017. Now, he can return to the frontline of politics by becoming a member of the National Security Education Board since Trump can nominate 6 of the 14 members.
According to CNN, the board “oversees a government program that awards scholarships and fellowships to students and offers grants to colleges and universities to address ‘the national need for experts in critical languages and regions’.” They aim to assemble a list of applicants who can later work in the departments and agencies of the US government with national security responsibilities. The president can nominate 6 out of the 14 members and several other representatives from across the administration.
Gorka had to leave the White House in 2017
after the new chief of staff, John Kelly took over and fired those who were not his people. Hungarian Index says that the ex-advisor of Hungarian origins left when Trump’s former chief strategist who ran the alt-right website called Breitbart, Steve Bannon, quit. Interestingly, at that time, the White House put out an unattributed statement saying that Gorka did not resign but was no longer on staff and no longer had access to the White House grounds.
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CNN says that Gorka’s knowledge on the field of international security and terrorism is limited. Furthermore, he does not speak Arabic, knows very little about Muslim countries, and has never had any official leadership or management role in foreign policy, intelligence, or the military.
Even so, Gorka was and remained
one of the biggest supporters of controversial presidential actions
and defended Trump’s policies and public statements many times in the last few years. But nobody knows what he has been doing since he did not play a role in policymaking and was not a member of the National Security Council.
Interestingly, in 2015, Gorka paid 8,000 dollars to become a policy consultant for the Trump campaign. That is when their shared history began. Gorka was born in Britain from Hungarian parents and was known for his dire warnings of Islamic terrorism while he worked at Breitbart.
In 2018, it came to light that
he was still wanted by the Hungarian police
because of suspicion of firearm offences, Index said. Interestingly, while he was an active member of the White House staff, he met Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó, but the minister did not know about that. Gorka likes firearms and said many times that he does not leave his house without a smaller arsenal of them. A couple of days after the scandal broke out, the Hungarian police cancelled the search saying that they can expect no outcome regarding the issue.
Source: cnn.com, index.hu
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