Freaked out Republicans see only ‘policy and political peril’ from Trump’s ‘dizzying’ DHS purge: CNN
Donald Trump and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (Photos: Screen captures)

CNN host John King noted on Tuesday that President Donald Trump's wholesale purge of the Department of Homeland Security may be "cheered by his anti-immigration base," but had Republicans on edge as they see "policy and political peril" looming ahead.

"The scope of the upheaval is stunning," King said, ticking off the casualties of Trump's rage. "The DHS secretary and the Secret Service director both fired in the past 48 hours. At least two other top officials on a White House target list, The White House wants them to leave. The choice to lead immigration and customs enforcement -- abruptly pulled. And a new acting secretary is slated to begin work running this very complicated department tomorrow."

"The dizzying pace is alarming key members of the president's party, who see both policy and political peril," King said, quoting senior Republican Senators John Cornyn (TX) and Chuck Grassley (IA), who accused Trump of "pulling the rug out from the very people that are trying to help him accomplish his goal."

Republicans were "worried about all the turnover," King said, noting the vast responsibilities at DHS. But he added, "a lot of Republicans also see the kind of erratic behavior from the president that they think is the reason that they got wiped out in the 2018 midterms."

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