The deputy White House liaison to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Merritt Corrigan, was fired on Monday, according to a report from NBC News.
The same day, Corrigan had published a series of tweets critical of gay marriage and accused the media of attacking her faith. The tweets are no longer available on her public Twitter account.
“For too long, I’ve remained silent as the media has attacked me for my Christian beliefs, which are shared by the majority of Americans Let me clear: Gay marriage isn’t marriage, Men aren’t women, US-funded Tunisian LGBT soap operas aren’t America First,” Corrigan wrote on Twitter Monday, according to NBC.
She also wrote, according to Politico, that she had “watched with horror this week as USAID distributed taxpayer funded documents claiming ‘we cannot tell someone’s sex or gender by looking at them’ and that not calling oneself ‘cis-gendered’ is a microagression[.] I’m not cis-anything. I’m a woman.”
“The United States is losing ground in the battle to garner influence through humanitarian aid because we now refuse to help countries who don’t celebrate sexual deviancy[.] Meanwhile, Russia and China are happy to step in and eat our lunch,” she also reportedly tweeted.
We may be getting more details on Thursday. Corrigan said she plans to hold a press conference alongside controversial activists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burman to “discuss the rampant anti-Christian sentiment at USAID,” Politico reported.
Corrigan reportedly further accused Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) of being “engaged in a corrupt campaign to remove me from USAID. I will expose it on Thursday.”
Engel was one of 20 Democratic House members who sent a letter to USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa late last month, demanding Corrigan’s resignation for making anti-LGBT and anti-feminist statements.
“The statements made by Ms. Corrigan create a hostile work environment and are antithetical to the principles the agency, and indeed America, espouses,” the Democrats wrote.
The letter was also signed by Biden Vice Presidential contender Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).
In response, USAID acting spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala issued a statement, saying, “Effective 3:00 P.M., on August 3, 2020, Ms. Merritt Corrigan is no longer an employee at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID takes any claim of discrimination seriously, and we will investigate any complaints of anti-Christian bias Ms. Corrigan has raised during her tenure at the Agency.”
Corrigan is a recent Trump-appointee and had already drawn attention for her past Twitter posts. In June, media reports that called attention to some of Corrigan’s past tweets drew calls for an investigation by several Democrat senators.