NSC Official Fired for Anti-Trump Remarks
Sources say Craig Deare slammed Mexico policy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2017 12:03 AM CST
Craig Deare   (National Defense University)

(Newser) – A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Trump's policies and his inner circle of advisers. Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council's Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington, the AP reports. A senior White House official confirmed that Deare is no longer working at the NSC and has returned to the position he previously held at the National Defense University. Current and former administration officials say Deare's termination was linked to remarks he made Thursday at a private talk at the Wilson Center, a Washington think tank.

According to one person who attended the discussion, Deare slammed the Trump administration for its policies on Latin America, specifically its rocky start to relations with Mexico. The source says Deare openly expressed frustration over being cut out of most of the policy discussions about Mexico—and also made "awkward" remarks about Ivanka Trump's appearance. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed Sunday that Deare had been sent back to his old job, CNN reports. "If you don't support the president's agenda, then you shouldn't have a job in the White House," she said. Deare's firing came less than a week after another NSC official, national security adviser Mike Flynn, abruptly departed.

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