Homan Responds to Report Trump Considering Him to Replace DHS Sec'y Nielsen
POTUS frustrated with Sec'y Nielsen, reports say.
Former Acting ICE Director and Fox News contributor Tom Homan joined the "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Wednesday morning to react to a report that President Trump is considering him for Homeland Security Secretary.
Homan declined to speculate on what the president might do, and he said it's important to support current DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who he said is "working hard" and "doing a good job."
Trump is reportedly frustrated with Nielsen over what he views as weak leadership on border security, and she could be asked to resign before the end of the month, Politico reported.
"Going forward, Trump has told aides he wants an agency chief who will fervently defend his hard-line approach to illegal immigration, particularly with an incoming House Democratic majority that has promised to thwart his agenda at every turn," Politico reported.
Homan said he believes Nielsen is a "strong" DHS secretary, which he called a "24/7, 365 job."
"With immigration, 50 percent of America hates you 100 percent of the time. You can't win on this topic because it's so divisive, so controversial, so emotional," Homan said. "But I think she's working hard, doing a good job."
He said Nielsen may have critics, but when she was called upon, she had the courage to "grab the bat and step up to the plate."
"All these people want to attack her all the time and attack this administration, I don't see them stepping up to the plate. They've got no mettle and no fortitude," Homan said. "She's working hard and I just think we need to support her until a decision's made."
He said the secretary serves at the pleasure of the president, so if Trump wants to make a change, that's certainly his prerogative.
"I really don't want to speculate on what the president's going to do. I read the same story. My phone blew up last night. We'll just wait and see what happens."
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