Obama-era DHS officials blast Trump for hiring Sheriff Clarke


It didn’t take more than a few hours for members of the Obama administration to say something negative about Trump’s latest hire, Sheriff Clarke.

Upon learning that Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke has accepted a role in President Trump’s administration as a deputy secretary of Homeland Security, former Obama-era DHS officials Philip McNamara and Juliette Kayyem expressed their disappointment via Twitter.

“I’m being replaced @DHSgov by #SheriffClarke. My job was to work with state and local officials. Clarke says he wants to strangle #Democrats,” tweeted McNamara on Wednesday.

Both McNamara and Kayyem served as the assistant secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at DHS during the Obama administration.

“For those of you I’m just meeting, Clarke is taking my old position under Obama. I am floored. And feel for my career staff,” Kayyem tweeted.

Clarke announced his new position today during a radio interview.  He said his appointment is to the Office of Partnership and Programs to serve as a liaison between state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. However, his position has not yet been confirmed by DHS.

Recalling comments the conservative sheriff had previously made about dealing with Democrats, McNamara expressed his outrage that Clarke was picked for the position, which does not require Senate confirmation.

“Asked about working with Democrats Clarke said he wants to grab them by their throats, I never said that about GOP electeds I worked with,” McNamara tweeted.  He then added, “So much for Sheriff Clarke’s ability to work with #Democratic governors and mayors, he is too polarizing and calls critics #snowflakes.” He also said he feels sorry for DHS career staff members.

Like Trump, Clarke is a vocal supporter of greater border security–including building a border wall–and cracking down on illegal immigrants.

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