Gorka: Trump Wants Me to Push 'MAGA' Agenda From Outside

August 29, 2017

Recently ousted White House adviser Sebastian Gorka told "Fox and Friends" on Tuesday that President Donald Trump wants his help "from the outside."

Gorka offered his resignation Friday in a letter obtained by the Federalist. The White House later said he did not resign, but was pushed out. The former deputy assistant to the president said he left because the Trump administration has become dominated by those who oppose Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign agenda. Nevertheless, Gorka said that Trump will still fight for those policies.

Gorka said Trump called to thank him for his service Saturday, and during that conversation, they discussed Gorka working for Trump's agenda from the outside.

"He is sticking to his agenda," Gorka said of Trump. "He wants me to help him from the outside, especially in the media to support him. That's exactly what I'm going to do."

"The president is a fighter," Gorka added. "He is not going to give up—sooner or later the right people are going to be around him."

Gorka reiterated his criticism Tuesday that the ascendant White House forces oppose Trump's American First or "MAGA" agenda.

"One of the reasons [I resigned] is that the 'MAGA' platform, the Make America Great Again platform, that brought us into the White House; there are a lot of people in that building who really don't agree with it, and weren't associated with it," Gorka said. "That's why I left, so we can support the president from the outside—because that's why he was elected."

Gorka said he would not participate in "palace intrigue" by sniping at Trump's chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, both of whom have been singled out for being critical of Trump's agenda at times. Cohn and Tillerson are considered the administration's leading "globalists," opposed to the "America first-ers" like Gorka and former chief strategist Steve Bannon. Tillerson, however, denied there is any such division in the White House.

"Fox and Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade pointed to Cohn and Tillerson's criticism of Trump and asked Gorka if he was surprised they had not been fired. Gorka refrained from commenting directly on the question.

"I will allow the words of Gary Cohn and Rex Tillerson to stand for themselves," he said.

"The question is: Are the people around him [Trump] going to support him? At least the people on the outside like myself, Steve Bannon—we are going to support him to the fullest," Gorka added.