Rumors were that President Trump’s Deputy Assistant would last long.
The rumors turned out to be true. While I have predicted there will be turnover in the Trump administration, this loss is a bit baffling.
According to 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:
We must admit that although President Trump wants to drain the swamp, he finds it necessary keep a few swamp creatures close. These politicos know how to survive, and ultimately squeeze out the good people.
“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.”
While I remain confident that Trump will weed out the leakers and political swamp rats, we need to know this will take some time.
That said, most Conservative Americans have little doubt about the president’s feelings about radical Islam. Further, Trump proves more ready to deal with the world situation that a million Obamas.
That said, a few bad seeds remain close to Trump. Take General Mattis for example. Here is an excerpt from a TBS article about Mattis:
Secretary of Defense James Mattis presents a problem for President Trump.
Though the man is undoubtedly a “devil dog”, he contradicts President Trump on several key foreign policy and military issues.
President Trump has already relented to the former Marine General on his views on enhanced interrogations. But more exist.
General Mattis completely breaks from the president in his support for a US-led NATO. And, this includs placing US troops in Eastern Europe. No harm, no foul, as NATO will soon have to pull its own weight. Further, a NATO-led military would likely fall under American authority. So, if that were the only discrepancies, we might overlook any concerns.
Where President Trump seems willing to work with Russia, Mattis believes Vladimir Putin is a threat to US security.
Rumors persist about others in the Trump White House who are more closely aligned with the Left. However, the same rumors came in the area of global climate change, where people said Ivanka would influence her father towards the farce. That clearly hasn’t happened.
We will need to wait and see who replaces Gorka with.