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Sebastian Gorka is out at the White House, a Trump administration official confirmed on Friday night.
Earlier reports indicated that Gorka resigned, but a White House official said in a statement obtained by Business Insider that Gorka did not resign, but confirmed that he no longer works at the White House.
The former Breitbart staffer and Steve Bannon ally served as a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump.
His departure comes one week after Bannon left the administration to return to Breitbart, and follows a spate of firings and resignations at the White House.
In his departing letter, first published on a pro-Trump website, Gorka told Trump he could better serve the president’s “America First” agenda from the outside.
Gorka was aligned with a once-ascendant nationalist arm of the Trump administration, occupied most prominently by Bannon and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. Bannon’s departure was seen as a significant blow to other nationalist, far-right figures in the White House and Gorka implied as much in his letter, saying it was clear to him that “forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House.”
Gorka, along with Bannon and Miller, were considered polar opposites to the establishment wing of the Trump administration, which is largely guided by national security adviser H.R. McMaster and chief of staff John Kelly. McMaster in particular has been a frequent target of Trump’s supporters on the far-right, who have accused him of trying to steer Trump away from some of his populist leanings.
“Regrettably, outside of yourself,” Gorka said in his letter, first published by “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.”