After coming out with a highly critical op/ed piece last weekend, David Frum has lost his job at AEI.
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As of Thursday, Mr. Frum had become a former fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Mr. Frum said he was taken out to lunch by the president of the organization, Arthur C. Brooks. He said Mr. Brooks told him the institute valued a diversity of opinion, and welcomed that one of its scholars had become such a high-profile critic of Republican legislative leaders. Mr. Frum, who has been with the institute since 2003, said that he was asked if he would considering being associated with the institute on a nonsalaried basis.
Mr. Frum declined.
"Does it have anything to do with what would be the most obvious explanation of what happened?" he said in an interview after his lunch. "I don't know. That's not what they say."
Asked if he believed that explanation, Mr. Frum responded, "I'm not going to say that they're not telling the truth."
Update: Mr. Brooks later issued a written statement confirming Mr. Frum's departure, but declining to say what had happened. "While A.E.I. makes it a practice not to discuss personnel matters, I can say that David Frum is an original thinker and a friend to many at A.E.I.," his statement said.