On Friday, it was announced that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon had been fired from his job, most likely at the request of chief of staff John Kelly, who is shaking up the West Wing. Now, it appears the mainstream media — and maybe even Kelly — already has their next target in sight.
He does what?
Sebastian Gorka’s official White House title is deputy assistant to President Donald Trump. But during his time so far in the West Wing, Gorka has reported directly to Bannon.
According to the Daily Beast, Gorka’s job appears to only include going on television to defend Trump and the administration. And while Trump may like Gorka’s performances, Kelly is reportedly “displeased” with them — putting Gorka’s job in the potential line of fire.
In fact, during a recent “internal review” of White House staffer’s responsibilities and performances, Kelly concluded that he “doesn’t know what [Gorka] does except go on TV sometimes,” a source told the Daily Beast.
Two sources told Bloomberg News Friday that Gorka may follow Bannon out the White House front door.
“The possible dismissal of Gorka suggests that Kelly is looking to root out Bannon allies and other officials prone to igniting public firestorms,” Bloomberg reported.
The Washington Post further confirmed the information.
CNN takes aim
In the wake of Bannon’s exit and Gorka’s apparent looming departure, CNN targeted Gorka with a scathing six-minute report on Friday, which concluded that Gorka is a “fake terrorism expert.”
The news outlet, which itself has been a target of the Trump administration, also ran a story on its website centering on comments from Gorka’s Ph.D adviser, who said that he wouldn’t call Gorka an “expert” in terrorism.