NSC adviser reassigned after ‘Anonymous’ author speculation

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Deputy National Security Adviser Victoria Coates is being transferred from the National Security Council to the Energy Department, the council announced Thursday. The move followed rumors that Coates was the unnamed administration official who wrote a 2018 New York Times op-ed titled “A Warning” by Anonymous.

A top White House official said the decision to reassign Coates had nothing to do with the speculation about the op-ed’s author and had been in the works for weeks, adding that her move to the Energy Department reflects the “continued trust and confidence the administration places in her.”

Coates’ departure from the National Security Council followed the removal or reassignment of several officials Trump is believed to see as insufficiently loyal to him personally.

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