Tom Homan, a former acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and current Fox News contributor, responded to a Politico report — that President Trump is mulling tapping him to replace Kirstjen Nielsen as his Department of Homeland Security secretary — with Trump’s favorite deflection.
“We’ll just wait and see what happens,” he told “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday morning.
“Look, I’m not gonna speculate on what the President’s going to do,” he said. “I think we got a strong secretary, I do. I worked for Secretary Nielsen for several months before I retired. It’s a 24-7, 365 job, I mean with immigration, you know 50 percent of America hates you 100 percent of the time. You can’t win on this topic because it’s so divisive, it’s so controversial, so emotional.”
Homan’s fiery rhetoric on Fox News is likely what brought him into Trump’s periphery, given the President’s appetite for cable news. According to multiple reports, Trump could oust Nielsen as early as this week. Nielsen reportedly expects to stay in the job for at least another month or two, but has been unhappy in her position for some time.
Former acting ICE director Tom Homan says he won't speculate on what Trump wants, following reports POTUS wants to oust Nielsen and bring him in to head DHS pic.twitter.com/MYwv5CgyUx
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) November 14, 2018