Following Bannon Departure, New Reports Say Sebastian Gorka Could Be Out Soon Too
Steve Bannon is leaving the White House, but multiple reports today say that the status of another staffer is currently in question.
Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the President, has mostly been notable for his combative cable news appearances, but according to The Daily Beast, his status at the White House is up in the air:
Gorka is currently on vacation and wouldn’t comment on this story. But several of his West Wing colleagues have said that Trump’s newly installed chief of staff, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, was deeply “displeased” by some of Gorka’s recent TV performances, according to one senior official who has discussed this with Kelly.
Kelly had recently undertaken an internal review of West Wing staffers’ responsibilities and portfolios. And another White House adviser said that the chief of staff “doesn’t know what [Gorka] does except go on TV sometimes.” For these reason, Gorka’s long-term future with the White House is “extremely uncertain,” this source continued.
Bloomberg is similarly reporting that, per two anonymous sources, Gorka “also may face removal from his post as a counter-terrorism aide to the president.”
And the Washington Post reports that Gorka and another White House staffer could exit following Bannon’s departure:
Some White House officials also said Friday they expect some of Bannon’s allies inside the administration to exit with him. Two such people are national security aide Sebastian Gorka and assistant Julia Hahn, although both have portrayed themselves in recent talks with colleagues as Trump allies first and Bannon allies second.
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