White House reinstates HHS official who claimed Ted Cruz frequents prostitutes: report
Jon Cordova, the HHS principal deputy assistant secretary for administration, will be back at his tax-payer funded job on Wednesday, Politico reported Tuesday.
Cordova had been placed on administrative leave after CNN reported on his conspiracy theory views posted on social media during the 2016 campaign when he worked for Trump’s campaign and was a Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention.
During the 2016 campaign, he had falsely claimed that Gold Star father Khizr Khan was a “Muslim Brotherhood agent” paid by the Clinton Foundation.
Cordova also suggested that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) frequented prostitutes and that Democrats were “the real racists” in America.
“Mr. Cordova has expressed sincere and deep apology for those statements and for any harm or injury he may have caused to readers of any of his social media posts,” an HHS spokesperson told POLITICO. “While he continues to work at HHS, Mr. Cordova – along with all department employees – will be expected to demonstrate a full commitment to inclusiveness and respect for all Americans that we serve.”
Politico cited four sources who claimed Cordova was repeatedly seen at work after allegedly being suspended.
“He has acknowledged that he may have allowed the heat of the political campaign to undermine his better judgment, resulting in posted content by him that may have inadvertently offended many,” the HHS spokesperson added.