Top GOP Rep. Rogers: Dems Will Take 'Political Slap' at Trump No Matter What He Does
Defends president's handling of DHS shakeup.
A top Republican House member said Tuesday that Democrats are determined to take political shots at President Trump no matter what actions he takes.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee, responded on "Outnumbered Overtime" to the criticism of Trump after the ousters of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Secret Service Director Randolph Alles.
The committee's chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), told CNN he believes Trump wants a "puppet" in charge of DHS after Kevin McAleenan was named as the acting director.
"So I say to the president, don’t send us a puppet to run the Department of Homeland Security. Send us a professional," he said.
McAleenan served until Sunday as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency where he worked since 2001.
Rogers said he had "no idea" what Thompson was referring to, calling McAleenan the "perfect person" to focus on border security as the top priority for the department.
"It seems like everything is a political slap at the president these days, no matter what he does," said Rogers, calling on Democrats to support Republican efforts to enhance border security.
He noted that Democrats have stated repeatedly they would support the measures, which do not include funding a wall.
"We're gonna bring a bill in the House in the next week or so. We'll see if that rhetoric has any muscle behind it," said Rogers, adding that lawmakers want to keep migrant families together in detention, but the effort requires more resources.
Watch the full interview above.