By Andrew Kaczynski, Chris Massie and Nathan McDermott. A White House senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security previously promoted conspiracy theories about former President Barack Obama’s birthplace, lamented the “Zimbabwe-fication of America,” and mocked the LGBT community.
Frank Wuco has served as the White House adviser to DHS since January and now leads a team tasked with helping to enforce President Donald Trump’s executive orders, including the administration’s travel ban.
Before that, he hosted a conservative talk radio show in Florida for several years and appeared as a guest on other talk radio shows. CNN’s KFile reviewed more than 40 hours of audio of Wuco’s show and his other appearances.
Wuco, a retired naval intelligence officer, has previously come under media scrutiny for his hardline views on Islam. Wuco has said that violent extremism is in line with the teachings of mainstream Islam and has dressed up as a jihadist character named Fuad Wasul in videos to teach others about the dangers of Islam. (Read more from “CNN Complains Senior White House DHS Adviser Is a Birther, LGBT Critic, and Hardline Anti-Islamist'” HERE)
Agency Defends DHS Adviser Wuco
By Josh Delk. Frank Wuco, who hosted a conservative radio program before joining the White House in January, floated the conspiracy that Obama was not eligible to be president because he was not a natural born U.S. citizen and claimed that Obama knew “nothing about the black American experience.”
“Mr. Wuco works every day to keep the American people safe by helping to implement the President’s security-focused agenda, including raising the global bar for vetting and screening of potential terrorists. Years-old comments cherry picked from thousands of hours on the air have no bearing on his ability to perform his job for the American people,” then acting DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton told CNN.
Wuco once hosted a guest in 2011 who wrote a book forwarding the case why Obama was ineligible to be president, and called the president’s birth certificate “questionable” after it was released to the public.
“This person, not only does he, with the exception of the color of his skin, not only does he sort of lay a very false claim on his identification with the black American experience, he has no idea what it is. But people don’t care,” Wuco once quoted a friend as saying on his show. Read more from Agency Defends DHS Adviser HERE)