'Lasted eight days' in Donald Trump administration, writes former White House staffer Rumana Ahmed

After Edward Price, a CIA analyst wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post, citing President Donald Trump's 'disturbing' approach to security intelligence made him quit a career he chose 11 years ago, Rumana Ahmed, former White House and the National Security Council (NSC) staffer, wrote in The Atlantic how she couldn't last more than eight days in the Trump administration.

FP Staff February 24, 2017 20:20:08 IST
'Lasted eight days' in Donald Trump administration, writes former White House staffer Rumana Ahmed

After Edward Price, a CIA analyst wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post, citing President Donald Trump's "disturbing" approach to security intelligence made him quit a career he chose 11 years ago, Rumana Ahmed, former White House and the National Security Council (NSC) staffer, wrote in The Atlantic how she couldn't last more than eight days in the Trump administration.

Lasted eight days in Donald Trump administration writes former White House staffer Rumana Ahmed

Rumana Ahmed. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@TheAtlantic

Describing herself as a "hijab-wearing Muslim woman", Ahmed writes that she was welcomed by the Barack Obama administration and despite her trepidation, she had decided to stay on when Trump was elected president as she wanted to "give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America's Muslim citizens... I lasted eight days."

She writes:

"When Trump issued a ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and all Syrian refugees, I knew I could no longer stay and work for an administration that saw me and people like me not as fellow citizens, but as a threat."

Recalling the period after 9/11, she writes that she had lost all faith in the government which was "inherently corrupt and ineffective", but getting inspired by Obama, she had decided to join the White House in 2011.  In 2014, she was offered a position on the NSC by deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. While working for Obama was a surreal experience, she writes "harsher world began to reemerge in 2015" and the fact that hate crimes against Muslims went up after Trump began his campaign. She further writes that the "climate in 2016 felt like it did just after 9/11".

Describing her days in the Trump administration she writes:

It was a chaotic attempt at authoritarianism––legally questionable executive orders, accusations of the press being “fake,” peddling countless lies as “alternative facts,” and assertions by White House surrogates that the president’s national security authority would “not be questioned.” 

Trump's executive order on the travel ban was the last straw for her. She concludes her piece saying, "Placing US national security in the hands of people who think America’s diversity is a “weakness” is dangerous. It is false."

A few days back, Price in an op-ed had written that after 11 years of service in the CIA, he decided to quit as he didn't agree with the way Trump was issues related to security intelligence. He wrote:

"Trump’s actions in office have been even more disturbing. His visit to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office, an overture designed to repair relations, was undone by his ego and bluster." 

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