Former White House Insider Explains What Trump Did to Devastate ISIS

Former White House Insider Explains What Trump Did to Devastate ISIS, by Rachel del Guidice.

President Donald Trump is defeating terrorism by allowing the military to do its job and by combating extremist ideology, a former adviser to the president said Friday.

“Our troops have been unleashed,” Sebastian Gorka, former deputy assistant to President Donald Trump and counterterrorism adviser, said Friday at The Heritage Foundation.

“I had a tier one operator, meaning a top of the top special operations guy on detail from the National Security Council … come up to me in maybe week five of the administration and say, ‘Sir, you have no idea, no idea how the morale amongst our forces have skyrocketed because we are no longer micromanaged … and we are allowed to do our job, and it is clear the president trusts us,” he said.

The contrast in strategy has made all the difference, Gorka said. …

While President Barack Obama called ISIS a “J.V. team” in a January 2014 interview in The New Yorker, Gorka said Trump and his administration did what the Obama administration said would take years.

“There is no ISIS caliphate any longer,” Gorka said. “We have liberated Mosul, we have have taken back Raqqa, the operational headquarters of ISIS, and just three weeks ago, the last ISIS stronghold in Syria has fallen as well.” …

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has also been key in Trump’s successes in defeating terrorism.

“We have gone under Secretary Mattis from … a strategy of attrition to a strategy of annihilation,” Gorka said.