Stephen Miller Squares Off With DHS Sec. During ‘Immigration Knife Fight’


Donald Trump insists that there is no in-fighting amongst members of his administration. Of course, he also insisted that Mexico would pay for a border wall and that we’d all have universal healthcare by now. “Promises made, promises kept” is only for campaign rally posters, apparently.

Trump administration members, speaking to reports for The Washington Times, says that there absolutely is in-fighting, and some of the worst is between Trump’s advisor and personal henchman, Stephen Miller, and the brand-new acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan. Just a handful of weeks into his new job, McAleenan is already threatening to quit.

The Washington Post reports that:

‘An attempt by President Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller to engineer a new shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security was blocked this week by Kevin McAleenan, the department’s acting secretary, who said he might leave his post unless the situation improved and he was given more control over his agency, administration officials said.’

Miller reportedly wants to be able to make staffing decisions over any department involved in immigration enforcement. Although Trump declared publicly that the final decision is his and his alone, Miller has largely been left to do his worst in this area, including the plan to separate babies from their families and toss them in detention centers alone. When Miller demanded to make a staffing decision over ICE, McAleeland is said to have taken offense.

‘The closed-door clash flared over the fate of Mark Morgan, the former FBI official the president has picked to be the new director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

‘With Morgan eager to move into the top job at ICE, Miller on Wednesday urged the president to have Morgan installed as the new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) instead.’

Tensions became heated following Miller’s demand, and people inside the administration say the two clashed. One official even had a metaphor for the argument, an “immigration knife fight,” that doesn’t bode well for the vulnerable populations fleeing violence and poverty currently held in overcrowded detention centers.

‘McAleenan the next day told senior White House officials that he — not Miller — was in charge of the department, said three Trump administration officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal tensions one Trump aide likened to an “immigration knife fight.”’

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