Sunday, February 19, 2017

NSC Official Axed After Bashing Trump at Wilson Center

Everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.  But everything that happens in a think tank does not necessarily stay in the think tank.

Here is more from Politico:
The White House abruptly dismissed a senior National Security Council aide on Friday after receiving reports that he had publicly laced into the president and his senior aides, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump at an event hosted by a Washington think tank.
The aide, Craig Deare, was serving as the NSC's senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Earlier in the week, at a private, off-the-record roundtable hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center for a group of about two dozen scholars, Deare harshly criticized the president and his chief strategist Steve Bannon and railed against the dysfunction paralyzing the Trump White House, according to a source familiar with the situation.
He complained in particular that senior national security aides do not have access to the president -- and gave a detailed and embarrassing readout of Trump's call with Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto. 

Think Tank Watch has seen many think tank scholars fired over the years, but this is the first time in memory that an Administration official has been fired for comments made at a think tank.

In related NSC/think tank news, it looks like John Bolton, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), is now in the running to be President Trump's next National Security Advisor.  He had previously been in the running to be Deputy Secretary of State.