National security expert Sebastian Gorka defended the dismissal of Sally Yates, who opposed the billionaire tycoon’s Muslim travel ban, which came into effect at the weekend.
She claimed she was not “convinced that the executive order is lawful”.
Speaking on BBC’s Newsnight, Maitlis said President Trump had “set the bar quite high” and asked if he intended to “get rid of everyone” who refused to “execute his ideas”.
Mr Gorka referred to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s speech in response, as well as telling Maitlis it was an "extremist" argument he would not expect from the BBC.
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The issue is – does somebody who works for a federal employee wish to implement the policies of the new president? It is simple
He said: “Let’s not get carried away, Sean Spicer simply sent a message in his masterful press conference yesterday afternoon where he said ‘look we have a new president, if there are members of the bureaucracy who don’t wish to execute policies of the new president, well in a private company those individuals have to resign or be fired’.
“The issue is – does somebody who works for a federal employee wish to implement the policies of the new president? It is simple.”
Maitlis then asked if President Trump intended to fire the 900 employees who reportedly signed a petition against the travel ban.
“Will you sack them all?” she asked.
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Mr Gorka replied: “That’s not my call, [or] my job to do… should a CEO get rid of people who don’t want to work in his company and obey by his company’s rules?
Maitlis then fired back and asked: “So that’s a yes?”
The counterterrorism expert replied with a question and asked what would happen if BBC employees “acted in ways flagrant to the governor’s requests”.
He then said the acting Attorney General “fell victim to the politicisation of national security” and slammed critics who thought Donald Trump’s ban was the “efforts of a dictator gone mad”.
“It matters to us that people are being mowed down in mass numbers in Nice,” he blasted. “People are being massacred on the streets of Paris, of Brussels.
“We don’t want that to happen here, that’s what matters to us and anybody who uses that kind of language on a duly-elected, democratically-chosen representative and head of government really should have their credentials examined very closely.”
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