Report: Breitbart National Security Editor To Join Trump Administration

Breitbart News national security editor and Fox contributor Sebastian Gorka will join President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a report published Tuesday by Business Insider.

Gorka is expected to take a position with the National Security Council, an anonymous source familiar with the matter told Business Insider. A Fox News spokesperson told the news site that the network terminated Gorka’s contributor agreement once he informed executives of his new position.

Neither Gorka, Fox News nor the White House immediately responded to TPM’s requests for comment.

Gorka’s website appears to have been password-locked and his biography is no longer accessible. He had been described on the site as “a founding member of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs and has been awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation,” according to Business Insider.

In July 2016, Gorka claimed in an article for Breitbart that he wrote “a selection of policy papers” for Trump. Federal Election Commission filings from April of the same year show that Trump’s campaign paid $8,000 to Gorka for “policy consulting.”

Gorka wrote just two stories for Breitbart in 2016, but was identified as national security editor on the site until April of that the same year. Hadas Gold, a media reporter at Politico, tweeted that an unnamed source told her Gorka hadn’t been a full time editor for the site since 2014 and that it was more of an “honorary title.”

The report of Gorka’s move comes a day after reports that Julia Hahn, a reporter for Breitbart News who has written harshly critical articles about House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), would join Trump’s administration as special assistant to the President and work primarily under Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart News chairman who now serves as Trump’s chief strategist.

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