Sebastian Gorka left the White House last month after a brief, stormy tenure as an advisor on terrorism and close associate of chief strategist Stephen Bannon.
While still in that post, he was invited to address the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s annual conference now underway in Herzliya, Israel. At the conference, Gorka, a British-born academic and mainstay of cable television punditry, sat down for an interview with The Times.
In a 45-minute conversation, Gorka expressed continuing support for President Trump, denounced Republican Party leaders as a greater obstacle to Trump’s success than Democrats, and predicted that the president would soon purge the White House of staffers who are not loyal to his “Make America Great Again” agenda.
He portrayed himself as a “utility infielder,” with wide-ranging duties in national security. However, Gorka was unable to get clearance for a position on in the National Security Council because he had been charged with carrying a weapon at an airport.
Here is a transcript of his remarks, edited for length and clarity.
What was it like working in the White House?
It was a dream. Think about it. I’m an immigrant, a legal immigrant to the United States, I only became a citizen five years ago. Every day for seven months I pinched myself as I was walking in and out of the West Wing, so it’s only in America, right? Only in America.
Who did you work with? What were the issues that you dealt with the most?
I was deputy assistant to the president. My job was strategist in the office of the chief strategist, Stephen Bannon. Somebody once described me as the…
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