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The White House fired a senior National Security Council aide yesterday after reports that he had harshly criticized President Trump and his team at a private event in front of about two dozen scholars.
Craig Deare had been serving as the NSC’s senior director for Western Affairs. At an off-the-record roundtable hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center, Deare criticized Trump and chief strategist Steve Bannon, venting about the chaotic nature of the Trump administration.
Deare particularly lamented the fact that senior national security aides like himself do not have access to the president. He also performed an embarrassing reenactment Trump’s hostile phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
“I don’t need the Mexicans. I don’t need Mexico,” Trump told the Mexican president, according to Mexican press. “We are going to build the wall and you all are going to pay for it, like it or not.”
Deare’s firing is the latest of many to leave the Trump administration. Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn was fired last week for lying to the vice president about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and Trump’s choice to replace him has declined the offer. Trump also fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for writing to lawyers not to defend his Muslim Immigration Ban, and several top officials within the State Dept resigned shortly after Trump’s inauguration.
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