Ex-Trump adviser is out at Newsmax after criticism of vaccine mandates clashed with the right-wing outlet's policy, report says

Rally goers hold signs protesting vaccines at the “World Wide Rally for Freedom”, an anti-mask and anti-vaccine rally, at the State House in Concord, New Hampshire, May 15, 2021.JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

  • Newsmax host Steve Cortes is leaving the right-wing network, sources told The Daily Beast.

  • The news comes after a report that Newsmax was mandating COVID-19 vaccines for employees.

  • Cortes had tweeted saying he would not comply with any vaccine mandates.

Newsmax host Steve Cortes, who served as an adviser to former President Donald Trump, is leaving the right-wing network six months after joining, according to a report from The Daily Beast published Friday.

Cortes, whose show airs at 9 p.m. ET, could leave by early next week, five sources told the outlet.

The news comes after comments made by Cortes on vaccine mandates directly clashed with reports of a vaccine mandate at Newsmax.

Earlier this month Mediaite reported that Newsmax sent a companywide email announcing it was instituting a vaccine mandate for employees in order to comply with Biden administration rules. Shortly after the news broke, Cortes took to Twitter to lash out against mandates and insist he would not comply.

“I will not comply w/ any organization's attempt to enforce Biden's capricious & unscientific Medical Apartheid mandate. I will not be forced into the injection, nor will I disclose my vaccination status,” he wrote. “No one should be pressured to choose between medical privacy & their job.”

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Sources told The Daily Beast the vaccine comments were just one reason the host's relationship to the network has soured. The sources also cited his show's ratings and his insistence on unsubstantiated claims of fraud in the 2020 election.

One current Newsmax employee told the outlet Cortes is “a constant risk” because of a tendency to make controversial or inflammatory claims.

Cortes and Newsmax did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Cortes worked as an adviser to Trump during his 2020 campaign and has also served as a CNN contributor.

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