Trump placing re-election hopes in new DHS chief

Friday, April 12, 2019
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Trump with border wall prototypeThe U.S.-Mexico border is the scene of an ongoing crisis, says a national security analyst, so it’s absolutely necessary for a competent, seasoned person to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

President Donald Trump has entrusted that mission to Kevin McAleenan, who formerly led U.S. Customs and Border Protection and was asked to oversee DHS after Kirstjen Nielsen resigned earlier this week.


Bob Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says McAleenan’s job is to implement a “very tough, controversial policy” at the border.

“But you have to do with an iron fist,” Maginnis insists. “At this point it is at a crisis level and I think people are beginning to recognize that, and the president wants somebody who's going to do exactly what he has asked for.”

From a political standpoint, Maginnis says President Trump’s presidency is on the line and he stands to be hurt if the border crisis is not improved.

“He's very clear about what he wants,” Maginnis says of Trump, “and he's going to get what he wants or people are going to pay a high price for it.”

Trump's motives are obvious: he doesn't want to pay the price on Election Day next year, Maginnis adds. 

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