In Washington, only a tiny fraction of bureaucrats quit their jobs in a blaze of glory. Here’s how the rest do it.
On Friday, George Selim, a federal bureaucrat in charge of combatting violent extremism quit his job after a rocky tenure in the Trump administration.
For years, Selim, a director at the Department of Homeland Security, built relationships with Muslim community leaders as part of the federal government's programs to combat violent extremism. The idea was for the federal government to support local initiatives to prevent children and young adults from being recruited and radicalized by violent extremist groups, such as ISIS.
When President Trump came into office, he installed political appointees who clashed with Selim and questioned the value of his work, people familiar with matter told BuzzFeed News.
Trump officials, including Sebastian Gorka, his wife Katie Gorka and John Barsa, wanted to focus federal government efforts more closely on the ideology of Islam. They viewed Obama-era terms like “Countering Violent Extremism” as a politically correct substitute for calling out the real problem: Radical Islam.
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So Selim decided to resign, but before he could formally announce his decision, one of his colleagues leaked the story to a conservative news outlet that called him an “Obama administration holdover known for engaging fringe Islamic radicals.”
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Some of Selim’s colleagues expected a fiery resignation letter that would take names and settle scores