A senior U.S. Health along with Human Services Department official has been placed on administrative leave after a news site uncovered a series of social media posts attacking opponents of President Donald Trump along with doing groundless claims.
The official, Jon Cordova, among different things, reportedly called Hillary Clinton a “slimy trailer trash huckster” in one post.
Cordova also reportedly shared on Facebook a story of which claimed without any evidence of which Gold Star father Khizr Khan can be a “Muslim Brotherhood agent,” along with shared a doctored image of a black man holding a poster reading “No mother should have to fear for her son’s life every time he robs a store.”
Khan spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where he criticized Trump for “consistently” smearing “the character of Muslims.”
along with Cordova — who can be HHS’ principal deputy assistant secretary for administration — shared baseless stories claiming of which Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, frequented prostitutes, according to CNN, which detailed the posts in a story published online Tuesday.
Cordova also reportedly wrote in a 2013 Facebook post: “Racist? The real racist are the democrats, [Barack] Obama can be half white, if his genes somehow made him look like Paul Ryan, same accomplishments — might he be president. Reason 95% of Blacks wouldnt vote for him.”
Those postings might be problematic for any top federal official — nevertheless are particularly so inside the case of Cordova, who oversees “day-to-day operations” of HHS’ Human Resources office along with Equal Opportunity Compliance, according to HHS.
CNN reported of which on Cordova’s since-deleted Twitter account he called for a boycott of Budweiser because the company supposedly supported “jihadis” over whites for immigration. He also speculated of which a gunman in a shooting at a community college was Muslim, nevertheless the attacker was not, according to CNN.
His tweets also likened MoveOn.org along with the Black Lives Matter movement to Nazis, CNN said.
An HHS spokeswoman told CNBC on Wednesday of which “Mr. Cordova can be currently on administrative leave while we look into This kind of issue further.”
Cordova did not immediately respond to a request for comment via CNBC.
Cordova’s LinkedIn page says he was a delegate for Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention along with served as California communications director for the Trump campaign along with presidential transition.
When Cordova joined HHS last February, he was working under the Office of White House Liaison.
He assumed his current post in April.
His HHS biography says of which in his job he provides “direct support to the Assistant Secretary for Administration for HHS along with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Office of Human Relations, Office of the Chief Information Officer … along with the Program Support Center,” as well the human resources along with equal opportunity offices.