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Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka to leave White House over extremist links


Sebastian Gorka, a controversial national security aide in the White House, is expected to leave his job, several administration officials confirm to CNN.

The official said that Gorka had initially been hired to sit on the strategic initiatives group, an advisory panel created by Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon to run parallel to the national security council.

Gorka's family has been accused of having ties to a far-Right and antisemitic group in Hungary, though he has rejected the accusations.

Assuming the reports are accurate, it's highly unlikely that Gorka is leaving the White House by choice, particularly following a Buzzfeed report last week that suggested he lacked the necessary security clearance to even be a national security adviser.

Gorka's place within the Trump administration has remained nebulous but is believed to have involved advising the president on national security.


Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president, will take a position that deals with the "war of ideas" regarding radical Islamic extremism, sources told The Washington Examiner on Sunday. "This guy has always been a big mystery to me", the source said of Gorka's contributions to the staff.

One senior administration official said Gorka is expected to find an opportunity outside the White House soon. Mr. Trump's visit to the Keystone State - one of a series of pivotal victories for him on Election Night - coincided with his 100th day in office, as he made clear he is not giving up on his promise to shake things up in the nation's capital.

Newsweek was unable to immediately reach Gorka or the White House for comment.

The Guardian reported in April that Gorka attempted to push a plan to partition Libya into three as part of an effort to be named special envoy to the country by Trump.

Regardless, Gorka apparently never got proper security clearance to perform his White House duties, so he's better off somewhere else where his talents can be put to use.

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