A top U.S. State Department official who helped broker the Iran nuclear deal was demoted and reassigned after right-wing media outlets questioned her loyalty to U.S. President Donald Trump, media are reporting.
She was an adviser on Iran matters to former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Politico.com and other media reported that
Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, who has worked
since July as an adviser to the secretary of state on Iran and Persian Gulf
matters, earlier this month was sent back to the department's Office of Iranian
Affairs after her loyalties were questioned by Breitbart.com and the
Politico said Nowrouzzadeh, an American born in the United States to parents of Iranian descent, was transferred against her will. She joined the government in 2005 when George W. Bush was president.
The department said in a statement that Nowrouzzadeh "has an outstanding
reputation" and "we expect her to continue to do valuable work in furtherance of
U.S. national security."
Conservative media had attacked Nowrouzzadeh as an "Obama loyalist" and for her work as an intern at the National Iranian-American Council, an advocacy group that they charge has links to the Iranian government.
While U.S. law protects career government employees from politically motivated firings, it is not illegal for incoming administrations to reassign them.
Based on reporting by Politico.com, Rawstory.com, and ConservativeReview.com
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