State Dept. official reassigned after conservative media criticism: report
A top State Department official who helped shape the Iran nuclear deal has reportedly been reassigned following criticism from conservative media outlets that questioned her loyalty to President Trump’s administration.
Sahar Nowrouzzadeh’s yearlong assignment to the secretary of State’s policy planning team was cut short earlier this month following critical stories from the Conservative Review and Breitbart News, Politico reported Friday.
A State Department official told Politico that Nowrouzzadeh did not want to be reassigned, and multiple officials in the State Department believe the media attacks were to blame.
“It puts people on edge,” an unnamed State Department official told Politico.
The State Department said in a statement that Nowrouzzadeh has returned to the Office of Iranian Affairs, but did not specify her new role or tell the publication why she was moved.
Another official said that the conservative media attacks were of concern to those high up in Trump’s administration.
Nowrouzzadeh is a U.S.-born American citizen of Iranian descent and first joined the federal government under George W. Bush in 2005.
Politico noted that critical stories on conservative websites had called her a loyalist to former President Barack Obama and questioned whether the official should remain in her position.
She declined to comment for the report.