Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Trump, will soon accept a position outside the White House, two sources told The Washington Examiner on Sunday.
Gorka's new role will deal with the "war of ideas" involved in countering radical Islamic extremism and will entail an appointment to a federal agency, , a senior administration official said.
Gorka has served for months on the Strategic Initiatives Group, an internal organization within the White House, and as a national security adviser. His exit from the White House comes amid increased speculation that a reported lack of a security clearance prevented him from fully performing in his job.
But a source told the Washington Examiner that Gorka's role in SIG was always meant to be temporary and suggested he had been placed there while administration officials created a terrorism-related position for him elsewhere in the government. An official said Gorka has been in a "holding pattern" while he waited for the position, which will not be at the State Department, to be established.
A spokesman for the National Security Council said he did not "personally know" the details about Gorka's move.