One CNN analyst warned that if top White House aide Stephen Miller is in control of the decisions about the Department of Homeland Security, any appointees will likely be from the far-right-wing.
According to CNN’s national security analyst Juliette Kayyem, Kirstjen Nielsen saw the writing on the wall when the president announced he was pulling Nielsen’s hand-picked nominee to ICE for a more extreme option.
“The demands from the White House are unrealistic when it comes to border security,” said Kayyem. “When you ask who can satisfy Trump’s demands, it’s not going to be an operational person. It is not going to be someone who knows how to deal with border security. It’s going to be an ideologue, right? So, that’s what we’re going to get. That’s what you get with Stephen Miller and the White House.”
Trump was at the border Friday and told border patrol agents to simply stop allowing people to come into the country, regardless of what the laws say.
Kayyem said that she doesn’t think Miller will be the nominee but it will be someone that is far right.
“Someone akin to him who’s not so much focused on making it work but instead having the rhetoric of having the sort of absolute zero tolerance,” she said. “I tell you, Kevin, who’s running the department now, [Kevin] McAleenan, he’s by the book. I think a long time ago he ran border operations. He knows the border. He was able to make the transition from Obama to Trump relatively easy. But I don’t think that’s a permanent placement.”
“I would anticipate we hear a name and the names you heard before, like a Kris Kobach or others may be the kinds of names that we’re going to hear which is, you know, people who are less concerned with effective government and more concerned with ideology…”
Watch her commentary below:
‘His mommy should have told him she loved him a little bit more’: CNN analyst eviscerates Trump over ‘chosen one’ comments’
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," analyst Gloria Borger laid into President Donald Trump for his bizarre press conference anointing himself "the chosen one."
"'I am the chosen one,' and that comes after the president re-tweeted a conspiracy theorist radio host who said that he is like the second coming," said host Brianna Keilar. "So what do you make of all of this?"
"I think maybe his mommy should have told him she loved him a little bit more," said Borger. "I don't know. It is hard — it is hard to know what to make of this. Some people will say, as Trump says, 'Oh, I was only joking when I said all of that stuff.' But the truth of the matter is that he does this all of the time, and talks about how wonderful he is, and if you recall during his speech at the convention when he talked about the problems the country was facing he was saying 'I alone can fix it.'"
‘Where’s Steve?’ Trump notices a right-wing ally missing from CNN — and wants him back on TV
President Donald Trump has been asking some of his administration officials why one of his favorite boosters has disappeared from CNN's airwaves.
Steve Cortes, a member of the Trump 2020 advisory board and a paid on-air CNN contributor, has reportedly been banished by the network's executives, and the president doesn't like it, reported The Daily Beast.
“Where’s Steve?” the president has repeatedly asked, according to two officials who overheard him in the White House.
Trump’s failed Federal Reserve nominee doesn’t even know what the interest rate was 10 years ago
On Tuesday, CNN's Chris Cuomo invited on Stephen Moore, supply-side economist and President Donald Trump's failed pick for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, to discuss the state of the administration — and Moore made a hilariously wrong remark about interest rates that suggests the country was better off without him.
"There's no greatest economy ever," said Cuomo. "You know these things ... he's doing well. He's not doing better than we've ever seen before, and you guys got the benefits of juicing the economy with this tax cut. Fair point?"
"Let me say this, I think it's a pretty darn good economy," said Moore. "I'll cite a few statistics. It's a pretty darn good one. We have the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years ... and for blacks and Hispanics and women."