RUMANA AHMED: THE REAL STORY

Poor Rumana Ahmed.  That evil bastard Donald Trump forced her out of job at the White House because, as a Muslim, she could not abide his…blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, you’ve heard it all before.

Except, like so many other high crimes and misdemeanors supposedly committed by Trump, this appears to be a hot steamy load of horse manure.

From Lee Smith’s article at weeklystandard.com:

In an article on the Atlantic website, a former Obama White House staffer explains why she resigned from the Trump White House after only eight days. Rumana Ahmed thought she should “try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration” she writes, “in order to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America’s Muslim citizens.”

But then the executive order suspending visa issuance for Syrian refugees and suspending it temporarily for nationals of seven Muslim majority countries forced her hand. She quit. She “had to leave because it was an insult walking into this country’s most historic building every day under an administration that is working against and vilifying everything I stand for as an American and as a Muslim.”

The basic premise of the story doesn’t pass the smell test. Trump campaigned with an opening bid to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States. But Ahmed wanted to stay on anyway. And then she left, after eight days, when a much more lenient policy was implemented. It doesn’t make sense. 

Hers was the second story in less than a week in which a government official explained that they’d resigned because of Trump’s policies. Ned Price, a CIA analyst who worked at the Obama White House, authored a cri de coeur for the Washington Post to explain why his disagreements with Trump’s policies prompted him to leave government service. “To be clear,” wrote Price, “my decision had nothing to do with politics.”

What a strange coincidence that Price and Ahmed worked for the same person in the Obama White House, national security adviser for strategic communications, Ben Rhodes. In fact, they worked in the same room, outside of Rhodes’ office, as the 2016 New York Times Magazine profile of Rhodes showed: “In the front office, [Rhodes’] assistant, Rumana Ahmed, and his deputy, Ned Price, are squeezed behind desks, which face a large television screen, from which CNN blares nonstop.”

Atlantic magazine journalist, and now editor, Jeffrey Goldberg was one of the Obama White House’s validators, according to the Times magazine. With the Rumana Ahmed story, it’s not clear if Goldberg was complicit with the echo chamber, or if he was used by it. When I emailed the editor of the Atlantic to ask for clarification regarding Ahmed’s employment status in the White House, Atlantic magazine senior director for communications Anna Bross replied: “Rumana Ahmed was a direct hire by the NSC and not a political appointee. She was staff and planned to stay on.”

That’s wrong. Ahmed was a political appointee in the Obama White House. According to Trump White House officials, it was very late in her tenure in the Obama administration when she applied for a civil service position with administrative duties. “Burrowing,” as it’s commonly called, is the process through which political appointees move into career government status. She was granted her new status at the end of January, just as the Trump team was moving into the White House. That is, Ahmed took the highly unusual step for a White House staffer of choosing a considerably less ambitious career path in government, as she went from a junior policy position to a secretarial post. 

Why? Because as a political appointee from the Obama administration she was inevitably going to be replaced by a Trump appointee and she wanted to stay on. 

Thank you, Lee Smith, for this information.

And thank you, mainstream media, for either not bothering to check this fraud’s story, or knowingly withholding it from the public.

Either way, you again prove what Donald Trump says about you has a rock-solid foundation…one of your own making.

1 Comment

  • The Atlantic updated a piece. She was apparently not shifted over to a civil position at the last instant, she in such a position from the get go, and her term was renewed in August of 2016 for two years. The Weekly Standard updated their piece; you need to update yours.
    So its more complicated, but the question now is did she tell the NSC that she wanted to stay on ‘until she found a new job’? Where is this new job, and does it have any ties to her ex-bosses on the NSC?

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