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Key Homeland Security Official George Selim Resigns

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By    |   Monday, 31 Jul 2017 04:02 PM

George Selim, a key Homeland Security official who worked closely with the American Muslim community, has resigned, two media outlets are reporting.

Conservative Review was first to report Selim's resignation as director of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).

The Atlantic also reported on his decision to leave.

"There were clearly political appointees in this administration who didn't see the value of community partnerships with American Muslims," Selim told the Atlantic.

Conservative Review called Selim a prominent holdover from the Obama administration and noted his resignation came Friday — a day after he testified in front of the House Oversight Committee.

Selim, an Arab American, is described as a conservative Republican, the Atlantic reported. He was also the founding director of the Office of Community Partnerships in the Department of Homeland Security.

The magazine reported the CVE was set up to build relations with local Muslim communities with an eye to preventing radicalization. But, according to the Atlantic, conservatives generally opposed his efforts. He also ran into opposition from the Muslim organizations, who said his office treated terrorism as primarily a Muslim phenomenon.

Reuters reported earlier this year the administration planned to cut all funding for his office.

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