Another departure based on Trump’s new Syria and Afghanistan policies.
Of course, Trump trashes him on the way out. Why would anybody work for Trump?
The fact that you say you don’t know @brett_mcgurk speaks volumes about your commitment to fighting ISIS @realDonaldTrump. Why don’t you know the man who has done more than any civilian to degrade ISIS? I can assure you @BarackObama knows him well. https://t.co/OzvKRrmVF5
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) December 23, 2018
Uhhhh…you don’t know your own coordinator of the anti-ISIS campaign?
Over the past 5 years, no one has done more to put ISIS on its heels than Brett. We all know and rely on him. The fact that our President has no clue who Brett is should scare the hell out of every American. https://t.co/m7SNU1SA7z
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 23, 2018
Trump tonight tweeted that he doesn't know who Brett McGurk is, the U.S. envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State.
McGurk has literally been the American leading the fight against ISIS.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 23, 2018
Brett McGurk clerked for Rehnquist, worked in the Bush Administration, and once co-authored a @FedSoc white paper with Trump's 5th Circuit appointee Jim Ho and other young conservative lawyers. Thanks for your public service, Brett, in all administrations. https://t.co/DyXm2aXB6L
— Orin Kerr (@OrinKerr) December 23, 2018
And McGurk’s departure is equally major. https://t.co/wfq3nea1q1
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 23, 2018
As an American Citizen directly impacted by @brett_mcgurk’s work as a diplomat, I thank him deeply for his years of dedicated service. Without his relentless efforts @YeganehSalehi and I would not be here. That’s a fact. https://t.co/Ba0d9M8WVJ
— Jason Rezaian (@jrezaian) December 22, 2018
This is a very big deal. And if President Trump doesn’t know Brent McGurk that’s not a demonstration that McGurk’s departure is a nothing burger, it’s a demonstration the president has a stunning disinterest in the foreign policy of his country. https://t.co/yNxx1PqNNJ
— Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn) December 23, 2018
Actually, after he clerked for Chief Justice Rehnquist in 2001, McGurk was appointed by George W. Bush to be special assistant to the president and senior director at the NSC for Iraq & Afghanistan. He served under both Bush and Obama. Like Bob Gates. https://t.co/yDcZefGaxA
— Jay Carney (@JayCarney) December 23, 2018
Tweeting that you don’t know the head of the government’s effort to combat ISIS is an amazing self own https://t.co/NdNG5H5tsY
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) December 23, 2018