As you’ll no doubt be aware by now, yesterday President Trump held a press conference that stunned the entire world.
After claiming his chaotic administration was actually a “fine-tuned machine” he then set about goading journalists, lying (again) about the extent of his election victory and denying he was racist, whilst saying some curiously-phrased things to a black reporter and telling a Jewish reporter to be quiet.
As if that wasn’t enough head-spinning entertainment for one day, Trump’s deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka (more on him below), later appeared on Newsnight and claimed it was “a fabulous press conference”.
‘You have just committed fake news’ what an interview with Sebastian Gorka on #Newsnight where does Trump find these people
— Dan O’Donoghue (@DanChronicle) February 16, 2017
What ensued was 11 minutes of back-and-forth between Gorka and an increasingly-exasperated Evan Davies that contained many words, few if any answers and multiple accusations of fake news.
Watch the full clip here – or read the entire transcript below.
I mean the number of things we’ve achieved, whether it’s today with the coal miners, pushing back on the anti-coal mining policies of the Obama administration, whether it’s the immigration reform, whether it’s the infrastructure planning that we’ve released – it’s incredible the amount of work we’ve already done and to say we’re basking in a former glory – please, be a little bit more factual yourselves otherwise you’ll be accused of fake news as well.
Reaction to the segment was one of stunned bewilderment.
If Comical Ali had got out of Iraq and become a scientology flack: Sebastian Gorka.
— Simon Usborne (@susborne) February 17, 2017
Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka — would anyone give these two bizarre individuals a job in the real world? I think not
— Chris Roberts (@Robertscgf) February 17, 2017
Gorka, who is British-born and of Hungarian descent, was this week embroiled in a scandal after pictures emerged of him wearing a military medal associated with Hungarian Nazi sympathisers.
Why is Trump Adviser @SebGorka wearing medal of Nazi collaborating group? And why won’t he answer ?’s about it? https://t.co/FTbzN0DwHT
— Eli Clifton (@EliClifton) February 14, 2017
Gorka defended himself by saying he wears it to commemorate his father’s anti-Communist efforts in mid-20th century Hungary.
He said: “In 1979, my father was awarded a decoration for his resistance to dictatorship, and although he passed away 14 years ago I wear that medal in remembrance of what my family went through and what it represents to me as an American.”
The medal was given to Gorka’s father by Vitezi Rend, a group composed of supporters of Miklos Horthy, the former ruler of Hungary.
Horthy collaborated with the Nazis during World War Two and oversaw the mass deportation of Jews who were then shot by the Nazis.
The White House has not commented on the historical links of the medal.
Gorka claims to be an expert on radical Islam and published a book titled Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War last April.
He stresses his Ph.D in Political Science, even using it in his Twitter bio.
Gorka’s Twitter bio.
Several experts interviewed by POLITICO puzzled over the gap between the numerous military academic credentials listed by Gorka — a political science Ph.D. who unfailingly uses the title “Dr.” — and their unfamiliarity with his work and views.
When I first encountered his name during the transition, I did a triple-take. I’ve been in counterterrorism since 1998, and I thought I knew everyone. But I’d never heard his name and couldn’t recall anything he’d written or said,” said Daniel Benjamin, who served as counterterrorism coordinator under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Retired Col. Peter Mansoor, a former top aide to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq who helped rewrite the Army’s counterinsurgency manual, also said he’s never crossed paths with Gorka. “What I’ve heard has not been complimentary,” added Mansoor, who now teaches at Ohio State University and remains active in military circles.
He has previously said he was an “expert witness” during the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but it recently transpired that he never actually took the stand.
He was National Security Affairs Editor for Breitbart before Trump called him into his team.
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