Carl Higbie has resigned from the Trump administration after disclosures of anti-Muslim, anti-gay and racist comments that he made as a radio host in 2013 and 2014.
The former Navy SEAL had served in President Donald Trump's administration since August as the chief of external affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees volunteer efforts nationwide in programs such as AmeriCorps.
A conservative commentator on national cable television networks, Higbie wrote two books about his service. The radio comments were first revealed after an investigation by CNN.
On Friday morning, Higbie offered an apology in a tweet.
"I'm sorry,'' Higbie wrote. "I'm not sorry that my words were published, I am sorry that I said them in 2013. Those words do not reflect who I am or what I stand for, I regret saying them. Last night I informed the WH that I was resigning so as not to distract from POTUS' many success. #noexcuses.''
Higbie's original comments were made on an Internet radio show called "Sound of Freedom,'' where he served as the host. He stated at one point that "the black race'' has "lax'' morals. He also stated that black women believe that "breeding is a form of government employment.''
At another point, Higbie stated, "The whole African-American thing gets me whipped up because it's like 99 percent -- and I'm paraphrasing here -- of people who write down African-American have never been to Africa.''
Born in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1983, Higbie graduated from Greenwich High School and eventually joined the U.S. Navy. He became a SEAL and served two tours in Iraq. An outspoken defender of Trump, Higbie also praised former Trump strategist Steve Bannon when Bannon was appointed to the job. On Twitter, Higbie describes himself as a "flag-loving, meat-eating, gun-owning American.''
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