Even Fox News had to admit that Gorka was back-pedaling on this one, suggesting his explanation didn’t make any sense.
Earlier he attacked Tillerson for saying that a military strike against North Korea was unlikely:
In an interview with BBC radio, Gorka reacted to a statement by Tillerson that a conflict with the isolated communist state was not imminent and that “Americans should sleep well at night.”
The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical,” Gorka said at the time. “It is the job of [Defense] Secretary [Jim] Mattis, the secretary of defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally … That is his mandate.”
But then SOMEthing, or someone, reminded him that he needs to play nice with the rest of the administration.
So he tried to explain it away:
“I was admonishing the journalists of the fake news industrial complex who are forcing our chief diplomat into a position where they are demanding he makes the military case for action when that is not the mandate of the secretary of state,” Gorka told host Liz Claman. “That’s why we have a department of defense. If a journalist doesn’t know the difference between the secretary of state and the department of defense, they should hand in their credentials. It’s just absurd lack of understanding.”
Gorka said that Tillerson had “done an amazing job” to help guide new sanctions against North Korea through the United Nations Security Council, but “when reporters try to force him to make statements regarding military options, they have no idea what they’re talking about, and if they think that’s a story, they’re not journalists.”
Uh… right. It looks like Tillerson’s diplomacy got in the way of Gorka’s warhawkery, but they always have the press to use as a scapegoat.