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Controversial advisor claims he ‘did not resign’ — even tho he no longer works at White House

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Late Friday night, controversial White House advisor Sebastian Gorka leaked his resignation letter to The Federalist, claiming he could help President Donald Trump better from outside.

The White House is disputing that account.

“Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House,” was the official statement the pool received. The White House requested the quote be attributed to “a White House Official” (sic).

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That too, is now in dispute.

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Politics lacks precise language to describe a situation where somebody is clearly no longer employed, but there is debate as to whether the cause was a resignation or a firing. Hollywood, however, has long dealt with such situations and has created it’s own terminology.

The Variety Slanguage Dictionary describes ‘ankle’ thusly, “a classic (and enduring) Variety term meaning to quit or be dismissed from a job, without necessarily specifying which; instead, it suggests walking; ‘Alan Smithee has ankled his post as production prexy at U.’”

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This is not the first time there has been a White House dispute over whether someone was fired or quit.

Last week, every single member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest over Trump’s Charlottesville response.

When the White House subsequently claimed that they had planned on eliminating the department, actor Kal Penn laughed off the claim on MSNBC.

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“We broke up with him first,” Penn noted, with a grin. “He is not allowed to break up with us after that, I learned that in fourth grade.”


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CNN host goes off on Trump as COVID-19 surges: ‘The president is peddling debunked illogical crap’

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During a segment on CNN this Monday, anchor Brianna Keilar had some harsh words for President Trump and his response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, starting out by saying that the U.S. is "losing its battle" against the virus.

"...the people who are supposed to be in charge of the national response to the pandemic instead are escalating their attacks on doctors," she said, pointing out that up to 60,000 Americans are testing positive for the virus, each day.

"They're doing this even though they won't mandate the use of masks which are proven to save lives," she said. "They're doing this because the President is continuing to make claims that the only reason the U.S. has a surge in cases is because of an increase in testing."

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WATCH: White House uses Fauci’s words to praise Trump – hours after trashing him

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Literally hours after providing reporters with a list of what an anonymous White House official called mistakes Dr. Anthony Fauci has made over the year on coronavirus, the White House turned the tables to use the veteran immunologist's words to praise President Donald Trump.

On Sunday in a statement to CNN the White House outlined "the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things."

Calling it a "new campaign of deception," CNN reported Monday morning that "the White House is trying to destroy the reputation of one of America's most respected public servants, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for telling the truth about how bad things are getting."

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FAILURE: Here are 470 ways Trump failed to protect America from COVID-19

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Crises have a way of sorting the good presidents from the bad.

Historians consistently rank Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt among the top three presidents for their handling of the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II.

By contrast, the string of catastrophes that trailed George W. Bush, from Iraq to Hurricane Katrina to his obliviousness to warning signs in the housing market before the 2008 crash guarantee that he will have a permanent place in the bottom tier of presidents.

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