Monica Crowley on Monday announced that she would give up the position she was slated to take in Donald Trump’s White House.
Crowley, Trump’s pick to be senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council, announced her decision amid allegations of widespread plagiarism in her work.
In a statement, Crowley wrote:
“After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration. I greatly appreciate being asked to be part of President-elect Trump’s team and I will continue to enthusiastically support him and his agenda for American renewal.”
Incoming National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn, with whom Crowley would have worked, said in a brief statement that the council would “miss the opportunity” to work with her.
A report by CNN earlier this month pinpointed dozens of passages in her 2012 bestselling book which it said were plagiarized from news outlets, think tanks and even Wikipedia.
In addition, Crowley plagiarized former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in her Columbia University Ph.D. dissertation and lifted some paragraphs from other sources word-for-word. In addition to copying sentences and words from scholarly sources and books, Crowley also did not quote or attribute numerous excerpts from Kissinger’s memoirs and transcripts of his declassified conversations with diplomats.