Note, Aug 20: This article was published May 1. Sebastian Gorka currently serves as a deputy assistant to President Trump.
An adviser to President Trump will be leaving the White House.
A senior administration official says Sebastian Gorka, a former counterterrorism analyst for Fox News who joined the administration as a counterterrorism adviser, will be leaving the White House in the coming days.
President Trump made a puzzling claim about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War in an interview.
Speaking to the Washington Examiner, Trump wondered why issues that triggered the war “could not have been worked out” in order to prevent the bloody conflict. Trump praised the accomplishments of Jackson, the populist president he has cited as a role model.
He made the puzzling claim that Jackson “was really angry that he saw what was happening in regard to the Civil War.” But Jackson died in 1845, and the Civil War didn't begin until 16 years later, in 1861.
Congressional negotiators have reached a bipartisan deal to fund the federal government through September, easing the threat of a shutdown but denying President Trump several key priorities — including money for his promised border wall with Mexico.
The estimated $1-trillion omnibus package would provide $12.5 billion in increased military funding, about half the amount Trump requested from Congress. An additional $2.5 billion for defense would be available if the administration submits a counter-terrorism strategy to fight Islamic State.
But the deal does not include the big cuts to domestic non-defense accounts that Trump had been seeking, and thus is something of an embarrassment to the White House.