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Spicer says no knowledge of plans for Gorka to leave White House





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“There’s no personnel announcement at the time,” White House Press secretary Sean Spicer said at Monday’s press briefing. | Getty

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that he’s not aware of any current plans for deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka to leave his job, despite reports from multiple media outlets that the controversial counterterrorism adviser will be shifted out of the role in the coming weeks.

Gorka, whose hard-line stance on issues relating to terrorism and Islam have stirred debate, has been reported to be on his way out of the White House, possibly over concerns related to his lack of a security clearance.

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Asked about reports swirling around Gorka, Spicer said Monday that he had no new information regarding the adviser’s role or future at the White House.

“There’s no personnel announcement at the time,” the press secretary said. “I have no belief that he is currently leaving the White House, so there’s nothing to update you on with respect to that. And we wouldn’t comment on personnel matters at this time.”