The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Washington (AFP) – A White House national security official has been dismissed after being identified as the source of tweets insulting the administration that were sent under a fake name, news reports said.

A White House source said this official no longer works for the administration of President Barack Obama, but declined to give details.

The Daily Beast news website reported that Jofi Joseph, 40, who worked on nuclear non-proliferation in the National Security Council, was let go after being identified as the author of messages sent under the name “@NatSecWonk”.

Tweets sent under this account assailed both the Obama administration and Republicans, as well as conservative political commentators, The Daily Beast said.

The comments targeted a close friend and adviser of the president, Valerie Jarrett, foreign policy speech writer Ben Rhodes and even Secretary of State John Kerry.

Another news website, Politico, said it had received an email statement from Joseph.

“It has been a privilege to serve in this administration and I deeply regret violating the trust and confidence placed in me,” Joseph was quoted as saying in the email.

“What started out as an intended parody account of D.C. culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments. I bear complete responsibility for this affair and I sincerely apologize to everyone I insulted,” he wrote, according to Politico.

The White House issued no official statement.

The Twitter account “@NatSecWonk” was no longer active as of late Tuesday.

AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Washington (AFP) - Republicans in the US Senate prevented action Thursday on a bill to address domestic terrorism in the wake of a racist massacre at a grocery store in upstate New York.

Democrats had been expecting defeat but were seeking to use the procedural vote to highlight Republican opposition to tougher gun control measures following a second massacre at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday.

Keep reading... Show less

Jimmy Kimmel

Image via YouTube

The totally needless killing of 19 school children and two teachers in the latest school shooting shows once again that we're a nation on the verge of total disaster.

Never hesitant to nail hypocritical Republicans, Jimmy Kimmel began his show without an audience on Wednesday and delivered a poignant monologue about the massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 children and two teachers dead. Kimmel blasted feckless Republicans by noting most Americans support common-sense gun laws, but the legislation stalls “because our cowardly leaders just aren’t listening to us ― they’re listening to the NRA.”

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}