Trump is 'decapitating' Homeland Security at a time the United States is under attack: CNN panel
President Donald Trump -- flanked by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (L) and Vice President Mike Pence -- signs an executive order to end family separations at the border. (AFP / Mandel Ngan)

President Donald Trump is reportedly "decapitating" the Department of Homeland Security at a time when it's clear the United States is under attack.


The woman from China that was arrested in Mar-a-Lago with a collection of electronic equipment was also found to have sensors that could help someone off-site monitor the president. To make matters worse, Homeland Security never did anything to help the states fearful that foreign hackers were accessing their election information.

"Some even with the Trump Administration now call for a purge of senior national security officials," CNN's Jake Tapper reported Monday. "It's not just Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen or the director nominee of ICE, but now also the Secret Service director."

"This all amounts to a wholesale decapitation of the Homeland Security Department," one official told CNN.

According to White House correspondent Kaitlin Collins, the Secret Services is "frantic" after Trump pushed out his hand-picked man at the Secret Service.

"Sources tell CNN, Stephen Miller played a critical role in ousting Nielsen, but she's not the only DHS official he wants to get rid of," Collins told Tapper. "Miller has also pushed Trump to dismiss the director of citizenship and immigration services, as well as the department's general counsel. But the next departure could be the acting deputy secretary."

Unfortunately for the president, firing those in charge of the department won't change the laws he hopes to break.

"There is a legitimate humanitarian crisis at the border, whatever you think about the president's rhetoric," Tapper said of the president's manufactured crisis. "You have people coming in, families, they don't have places to put them, etc. There's also terrorism; there's also cyber terrorism. There are a lot of challenges for the Department of Homeland Security. And yet, Kaitlin just went through all of the people who have been let go or fired or shown the door. All the people who might be let go, I mean, that's not a way to run an organization that is bracing for crises."

Republican commentator Bill Kristol was similarly concerned, saying that it's clear Trump wants his government to violate the Constitution. "And yet he, in effect, decapitates the department that is actually in charge of these relevant policies."

Watch the full report and panel discussion below: