Sebastian Gorka resigned his post as Deputy Assistant to President Trump.
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.”
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday granted a pardon to former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America,” less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving his department’s racial profiling policy.
Trump had signaled this week that the first presidential pardon of his administration would go to Arpaio, whom he has frequently praised for his hardline immigration stance.
–Reuters, Julia Harte
President Donald Trump had a parting message on Friday for the more than 4.6 million Americans who are in the direct path of Hurricane Harvey, a massive storm set to ram through Texas’ Gulf Coast this weekend: “Good luck.”
Asked what his message was for those who could be affected by the hurricane, Trump gave a big thumbs up to reporters and wished the best of luck.
“Good luck to everybody,” he said as he was boarding Marine One outside of the White House. “They’re gonna be safe. Good luck to everybody. Good luck.”
He later added in a tweet: “Just arrived at Camp David where I am closely watching the path and doings of Hurricane Harvey, as it strengthens to a Category 3. BE SAFE!”
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10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing
11:30 am: Meets with Secretary of State Tillerson
3:00 pm: Departs for Camp David