A senior staffer on the National Security Council was dismissed last month after penning a controversial memo in May claiming that “Maoist” forces were working to subvert President Donald Trump’s agenda, The Atlantic reported on Wednesday.

The staffer, Rich Higgins, is a former Pentagon official who served as a director for strategic planning on the NSC.

In his memo, Higgins said Islamists, bankers, globalists, and the “deep state” were actively working against Trump, and claimed the ongoing Russia controversy was made up in an effort to sink Trump’s agenda.

“Globalists and Islamists recognize that for their visions to succeed, America, both as an ideal and as a national and political identity, must be destroyed,” said an excerpt from the memo posted online by The Atlantic.

Higgins also touched on the idea of an American “deep state,” which he characterized as a “counter-state,” the formation of which “is essential to seizing state power.”


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