White House National Security Staffer Fired For Insulting, Anonymous Tweets

A member of the White House National Security Staff was fired last week after he was discovered as the man behind an anonymous Twitter account that insulted White House officials and was critical of the Obama administration.

The Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin reported Tuesday that Jofi Joseph, a director in the non-proliferation section of the National Security Staff at the White House, was the staffer behind the @natsecwonk Twitter account well-known in Washington policy circles. A White House spokesman confirmed to the publication that Joseph no longer works there.

Joseph’s tweets, which go back as far as 2011, took aim at Obama administration officials and conservatives alike. He once tweeted “I’m a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me,” according to the Daily Beast. 

“@MiekeEoyang Come on, I expected better of you. @jrubinblogger is CRAZY unhinged while @noonanjo is an overweight paid Romney shill,” he also tweeted, referring to a conservative Washington Post blogger and a campaign staffer for former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. 

Joseph later apologized, telling Politico that “What started out as an intended parody account of DC culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments.”

 

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