Trump is having a very bad year, and he’s only six weeks in. It seems like a weekly even that a White House official resigns either by force or by choice, leaving some to wonder how much longer Trump’s “administration” will last. In the latest drama out of the Oval Office, a senior official has resigned after he was not given a permanent security clearance.
The reason he didn’t get the clearance? He smoked pot in 2013.
Trump is currently in the spotlight due to a serious lack of security at the White House and the apparent “open door policy” that has led to some pretty serious leaks, as well as a book by Michael Wolff.
Now, the president and his team are doing what it takes to squash any more media coverage of the ridiculousness taking place at the most powerful office in the nation.
According to POLITICO:
“George David Banks, who had served since February 2017 as special assistant to the president for international energy and environmental policy, told POLITICO that he was informed by the White House counsel’s office Tuesday that his application for a permanent clearance would not be granted over his past marijuana use.”
The outlet continued:
“The administration has tried to crack down on the use of interim clearances in recent months. POLITICO reported Tuesday that the White House imposed a ban on new interim security clearances for anyone in the executive office of the president last fall, but let existing employees with interim clearances stay on.”
Banks has been working under an interim pass that allows him access to the White House like many other staffers, including Jared Kushner, without having the proper clearance.
Banks released to following message with his resignation:
“It was an honor to serve the president at the White House and I look forward to supporting the president in the future.”
Staff secretary Rob Porter resigned one week ago Wednesday after his ex-wife released photos of her with a black eye that Porter allegedly gave her.