Sebastian Gorka: Bannon Camp Decided We Could Best Support Trump as Private Citizens

Gorka, currently in Israel one month after being fired, notes that former Trump officials still have the president's ear despite not being formally employed by the federal government

Former deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, talks with people in Washington during a ceremony commemorating Israeli Independence Day, May 2, 2017.
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Sebastian Gorka, U.S. President Donald Trump's former adviser and deputy assistant, said Monday while in Israel that likeminded former White House staff decided to suuport Trump's agenda as private citizens.

Gorka, who was dogged during his tenure in the Trump White House by accusations of anti-Semitism before being fired last month, told NBC News that "the people most clearly associated with the president’s victory, with what we call the ‘Make America Great Again Agenda,' were slowly being isolated, were sometimes being fired or pushed out of policy roles."

He sais that "we decided that we could best support the president outside as private citizens."

Gorka noted former controversial Trump officials who continue to have the president's ear, including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. "I’d walk into the office and find Corey talking to the president, regularly," Gorka said.

“You don’t have to pick up a government paycheck to be in discussion with the president or helping him. And one thing about the president, if you’re loyal to him, he’s loyal to you,” Gorka added, predicting that Trump will hold a major staff shake-up by year's end.

Gorka is currently in Israel after delivering a keynote speech at a counterterrorism conference at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

Addressing his departure from the Trump administration, Gorka said, "When the going gets tough, that's when you find out who your real friends are. I want to say thank you to all my real friends, Boaz Ganor included, who have stood by the truth these seven past months," referencing the dean of the Lauder School of Government, Strategy and Diplomacy at the IDC.