Are you a Trump supporter who’s suddenly ready to push the panic button because you fear the president won’t fulfill his promise to make America great again?
Well just “relax,” advises former White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka. “Take a deep breath and count to 10.”
“The fat lady isn’t singing, OK?” Gorka continued during a speech Tuesday, apparently not referencing Trump critic Rosie O’Donnell or Hillary Clinton, though his listeners might be forgiven for making the assumption.
It was Gorka’s first speech since leaving his position at the White House in August, when he was axed by President Trump’s top national security chief, H.R. McMaster. As WND reported, Gorka had advocated for declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and warned of a globalist “deep state” working to undermine the Trump agenda.
But now Gorka is seeking to reassure concerned Trump supporters. After all, he explained, it will take some time to reverse some of the damage done by previous administrations. And it’ll also take time to put a leash on the “permanent state” of 2 million federal employees who are out to obstruct the president.
“I must make a plea to all those people who came up to me last night and have done so since I left three weeks ago: relax,” Gorka told a crowd at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. “Take a deep breath and count to 10. The fat lady isn’t singing, OK? I know that’s not politically correct, but who cares? We are in this for the long game.
“It’s not about the first eight months, but about eight years, and then another eight years under President Pence,” Gorka said in his speech, which was titled, “Principles of an America-First Foreign Policy.”
The former Trump adviser described a vision for foreign policy that places America’s own interests above all others. He championed neither isolationism nor interventionism. But Gorka did take a shot at the Obama administration’s policy of “strategic patience” and “leading from behind.”
In fact, President Obama’s approach, Gorka said, “created a Dantean inferno across the globe, which we inherited.”
“We understand it’s not about reckless application of force, but use of force when it is needed,” he said, “but only in the national interest of the United States. That’s what ‘America first’ means.”
Gorka also talked candidly about why he left the Trump administration. As for President Trump? Gorka revealed some personal observations about the man America elected to the White House.
“When I heard the president’s speech on Afghanistan, I knew it was time for me to relocate my desk and my chair,” Gorka said, referencing President Trump’s Aug. 21 address. “I came in because of my background in counterterrorism and my commitment to defeating radical Islamic terrorism, and when a speech was written for the president that had that phrase removed, after its use multiple times in Riyadh, in front of a joint session of Congress, in Warsaw, I knew that the swamp was in ascendance.”
Incidentally, President Trump did use the phrase Tuesday in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly. In the address reportedly written by Stephen Miller, Trump vowed that “We will stop radical Islamic terrorism.”
Gorka described President Trump as a “preternatural instinctual actor” and a blend of “patriot and pragmatist.”
“Donald J. Trump wasn’t an ideological candidate; he was an attitudinal candidate, and that is very, very much so,” Gorka dished. “You cannot slap easy, lazy labels onto this man. Yes, the chattering classes would have you do so. The mainstream media would have you do so.”
He continued: “What he is is a man who cares about making this nation great again. That slogan is not pablum. It’s not empty rhetoric. He truly wishes to translate what he has done in the private sector, in terms of making a great brand, and translating that back to America’s position in the world and its founding principles.”
As for the left’s accusations that President Trump is a white supremacist, Gorka slapped down that “utter outrage.”
“This man does not have a racist bone in his body,” he said. “Donald J. Trump – hand on heart, give me a Bible, I will swear on it – does not have a racist bone in his body. The idea that we are the anti-Semites, we are the racists, when his grandchildren are Orthodox Jews, is an utter outrage.”
Regarding Russia, Gorka said, President Trump would like to improve America’s relationship with the world’s largest nation. But it will prove to be a major challenge.
“Russia, by dint of its location and size, is a nation of geopolitical and geostrategic import. Not to have good relations with it is unwise,” Gorka said. “He’s said many times we are not interested in having new enemies. However, in the cold light of day, its actions with its neighbor, Ukraine, its actions in propagating disinformation and misinformation at a grand scale, means that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to have better relations with them.”
While North Korea’s “rocket man on a suicide mission” is busy making headlines, Gorka expressed concern about a greater threat to national security – one emboldened by President Obama’s worrisome nuclear deal-making: Iran.
Mr. Gorka said he is concerned about the threat posed by North Korea, but that Iran is a greater threat to national security because of the nuclear accord ratified by the Obama administration.
Iran “is more serious,” he said. “Why? Because our last administration facilitated a regime that wishes to destroy us. $150 billion. Signed a deal that doesn’t stop them getting nuclear weapons; it mildly delays them.”