Appearing on ABC to talk about the devastation in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert was put on the spot by This Week host George Stephanopoulos over the president’s controversial pardon of ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio late Friday.
Asked about the pardon, Bossert attempted to duck the question when pressed by the ABC host how Arpaio refusal to follow a court order was “doing his job,” as Trump claimed.
“I don’t know the particulars of the court order,” Bossert deflected, saying he knew it had something to do with a “contempt order,” before attempting to move past the subject.
Host Stephanopoulos didn’t give up, sharing with the Trump staffer some of the president’s words on Arpaio, to which Bossert replied that he was more concerned with the people suffering from the ravages of Hurricane Harvey than with “divisive political questions.”
The ABC host praised him for his work on disaster relief, but pointed out that, as head of Homeland Security, what Arpaio had been illegally doing fell under his department’s purview.
Bossert parried that the media has indulged in “some disproportionate coverage” of the Arpaio pardon before the talk moved on to Trump threatening to shut down the government unless he got his wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
Contrary to Bossert’s assertion, cable news has pre-empted regular programing for live hurricane coverage from Texas since landfall late Friday.
Watch the video below via ABC: