Report: President Trump Considering Thomas Homan for DHS Secretary….

Last night there were several reports that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen might be replaced.  Those reports evolved today toward “exit likely but timing uncertain.”  The issue with removing Nielsen is her attachment to current Chief-of-Staff John Kelly; if Trump removes Nielsen, he would likely also have to replace General Kelly because they are essentially a professional pairing and have been for several years.

However, there’s a fantastic report now swirling that former ICE Director Tom Homan might be the lead candidate for Homeland Security Secretary.  That would be an excellent spot for Homan; with all of the current border issues now weighing on the larger national security dynamic.  Hopefully, this ends up being the switch-out.

If it is correct that Nielsen and Kelly are inseparable (most say yes), the issue would then become who would/could replace John Kelly as Chief of Staff.   My own irrelevant recommendation would be toward either current SBA Director Linda McMahon, or perhaps even bring back former Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert.

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476 Responses to Report: President Trump Considering Thomas Homan for DHS Secretary….

  1. burnett044 says:

    The Ice man cometh……I hope

    Liked by 16 people

  2. kea says:

    Throws out *kris kobach* name.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Shadrach says:

    I like Nielsen…she’s been an improvement over any previous DHS secretaries we’ve had. I’m not against having one even better, though.

    Liked by 7 people

  4. gingergal says:

    What did she do wrong? Is there something within her power she can do about the border crisis?

    Liked by 2 people

    • dd_sc says:

      She did not follow up on Trump’s initiatives for election integrity when Kris Kobach had to shut it down and passed everything over to Nielsen.

      Not that she’s done anything “wrong”, she’s just not on board with the MAGA program so tends to do the minimum to get by.

      Liked by 20 people

    • CarolynH says:

      One thing she didn’t do was remove the Obama people, in fact she put a strong Obama guy in as the main person under her. People have not been carrying out President’s orders re the border because they are not loyal to the President, but to the open border people they worked for before Trump.

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    • CaptainNonno says:

      She’s an open borders person who grudgingly supports the Trump agenda on the wall. She also did little to monitor our election integrity. All I could see was electronic monitoring for outside interference. No strategic involvement in key States processes like Broward, Fl, Palm Beach, Fl, and numerous others.

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      • Jan says:

        This huge voting mess is probably the straw that’s disengaged her from Pres. Trump’s approval. Not just illegal immigration but voter fraud are 2 things being used against Americans. Broward & Palm Beach Counties have totally busted down the last 3 or 4 elections. There’s not reason to think that the Dimms would b e trying to change vote counts to keep their Senators and add to their House majority. She’s just not that into Conservatism or Americans. Hopefully, she’s gone soon than later. I am tired of being let down by these “yak yak, collect their paycheck on time, but do nothing for Americans.

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      • JimmyJack says:

        Makes me believe she was indeed a plant, another obstructionist open borders GOPe clown.

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  5. Truthfilter says:

    Someone here already commented that FEMA and immigration are under DHS. Elections, too?

    Given that all three are HUGE problems right now, it’s no wonder Neilson looks inadequate. Besides this, no agency should have all that power.

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  6. emet says:

    Homan must carefully consider the offer. What you must remember about DHS is that it is full of Clinton/Obama people, who will cause problems. DHS and some of its agencies wound up with a dismaying number of people who range from corrupt to otherwise unemployable. Look at Mayorkas, for example, who wound up as Deputy Secretary DHS. When he was s US Attorney he got caught trying to swap a pardon for a major drug trafficker for a $200,000 donation to Roger Clinton. Then he was made head of USCIS, where he got caught swapping investor visas for donations. The IG was on to it, but resigned. Today Mayorkas works for…wait….US Chamber of Commerce.
    Some of the people who were appointed to critical positions in DHS or CNP etc were grossly underqualified. A chirf of staff with zero law enforcement experience, who ran a drug program for Napalitano when she was governor of Arizona. An Asst Commissioner who’s job experience was as a financial advisor, and whose English was nearly unintelligable. The list goes on. And Homan I’m sure is pondering this aspect.

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  7. JoD says:

    Thomas Homan…….Please, God.

    Meanwhile, why are Kelly and Nielsen “inseparable?”

    Liked by 8 people

  8. kea says:

    Gallup: Five Million Central Americans Want to Join Caravans to the U.S.

    https://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2018/11/13/gallup-five-million-central-americans-want-to-follow-the-caravans-to-us/

    Ummm bring him in ASAP!!!!!

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    • GB Bari says:

      Emergency! Emergency! Everyone to get from street!

      (Lt. Yuri Rozanov (Alan Arkin) in “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming“, 1966)

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    • Carrie2 says:

      kea, the correct word is CROWD and not caravan. If the think they can come and invade our country, then definitely place mines all along our very long border in the south, and make sure that on the East Coast we have well armed Coast Guards to stop them coming in by boat. We are at WAR and WAR means they will die trying and be buried on Mexican soil unless the Mexicans just let them rot in a desert area. We need invaders like another hole in the head. If one foot is seen lifting to step over, then ammo them! Let them return home with any money left they have been paid to march here and take care of their own nations (there are many countries involved and not just Central America and most are criminals with the intent to murder us if we let them in.)

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      • lemmus1 says:

        …good god Gerty …another arm-chair general advocating mass murder of unarmed civilians …my lai, anyone? …remember how well that worked?

        …where are the moderators? …this guy doesn’t give a hoot if WordPress bans SD’s blog …he’ll just go find another place to rave …but what will the sane among us do?

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  9. Elwood says:

    More fake news.

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  10. Kris Kobach !!! He was born to head DHS.

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  11. But Bossert got fired by John Bolton didn’t he?

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    • jrapdx says:

      Never was clear about Bossert leaving. He seemed like he did a great job, but some kind of power struggle such that he was pushed out, so I don’t know how it would work re: Bolton. Too bad they can’t all play nice and work together for the good of the team.

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  12. “If it is correct that Nielsen and Kelly are inseparable (most say yes), the issue would then become who would/could replace John Kelly as Chief of Staff. “

    Kelly must think he outranks the President of the United States. That by itself is reason to can him.

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  13. jrapdx says:

    As I remember from past natural disasters, Bossert was very sharp, handled it very well. Whether that makes him good as CoS I couldn’t say. I thought it a shame was he left or was he pushed out? If there’s a job he can do in the administration, I’d think a man with his obviously superior organizational skill would be an asset.

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  14. “if Trump removes Nielsen, he would likely also have to replace General Kelly because they are essentially a professional pairing and have been for several years.”

    \That sounds like Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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    • SR says:

      You donot see them together a lot and it seems Bill and Hillary donot live together. It’s power couple marriage and I was surprised why it did not end after loosing election but now I know why. She is running again in 2020 and impossible to win as divorce status.

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    • Lady Sid says:

      Kinda sorta reminds me of the Petraeus situation back in 2012 with his “Biographer” Army lady friend. He was canned from CIA two days after BHO won re-election. I always said General P’s canoodling with the author (can’t remember her name) was actually a resume enhancement for the Obama Admin who clearly knew what was going on as it gave them control over his testimony re: Benghazi. Also, Sen. Elizabeth Warren got her hooks into Mrs. Petraeus by placing her in a cushy job on that Consumer Protection agency that Warren set up. Mrs. P’s job had the worthy goal of trying to help military families avoid unscrupulous lenders in obtaining mortgages for housing adjacent to military bases. Both Petraeuses were naive and got used bigly by the Obama crew.

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      • JimmyJack says:

        Paula Broadwell, West Point grad. My guess is she was a compromise asset of the deep state. West Point produces plenty of them (and crazed commies as well – look at the one who lost his commission recently). Middle aged Petraeus walked right into that and the Jill Kelley cabal. There’s no fool like an old fool.

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  15. Kathleen03 says:

    Tom Homan should be paid the highest salary plus given a sign on bonus and whatever else he would want in order to come out of retirement for the second time and give up the handsome salary he earns at Fox. President Trump needs to surround himself with like-minded people who, like Trump, are unafraid to speak the truth, push the media aside and laugh in the face of RINOs and corrupted Democrats.

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  16. nuthinmuffin says:

    homan is a true patriot…i have heard him interviewed several times. give us more…please!

    Liked by 7 people

  17. mikeyboo says:

    What about sheriff David Clarke for COS.

    Liked by 6 people

  18. One hell of a lot of GUILTY and UNLOYAL VERDICTS on CoS Kelly for two words:
    “Professional Pairing”

    One hell of a lot of FAILURE VERDICTS on DHS Secretary Nielsen for a massive pioneering role:
    “Election Integrity”

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    • lemmus1 says:

      …with you all the way BKR …many apparently skipped their Civics classes …you know, the 10th and enumerated powers …bothersome little thing it is …what do you mean the DHS has no authority over state election systems? …too many states told Kobach to stuff it and that’s what he did, folded tent, passed the buck, and went home …but somehow, Neilsen was supposed to do what Kobach couldn’t …the courts have a horse collar around every effort to address voter rolls …takes legislation Congress won’t pass …cooperation states won’t give …doesn’t mean nothing is being done …but its like wading through deep molasses

      …in a world where one aged black granny Dem operative with a fuzz ball hair-do can bring the entire state of Florida’s election system, its government, and the state/federal courts to a helpless, grinding halt, Neilsen was supposed to “just do it”

      …is that like “just pay for it” from our newest Democratic-Socialist representative?
      …anyone note that she spent her first day in the halls of Congress protesting climate change outside an empty Pelosi office …effective she’s gonna be, oy veh

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  19. Take this as less than Gospel, as it is from CNBC, but I wouldn’t automatically dismiss it either.

    “John Kelly may leave after clashing with first lady Melania Trump: NBC News. President Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly may be out of his job soon as a result of a conflict with first lady Melania Trump and other people in the White House, seven sources have told NBC News.
    Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, is being considered for the job, among other candidates, three of the sources told NBC. NBC’s report followed a slew of news that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen may be on her way out, too.”
    \

    Let me see now – who do I keep – my troublesome Chief of Staff or my very smart and very beautiful wife ?

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  20. Trump does not even need the House to straighten out our immigration problems. All he needs to do is start enforcing the current laws. That’s it. Screw Nancy Pelosi and the House;

    Liked by 14 people

  21. Sedanka says:

    Linda McMahon would be an excellent choice to replace Kelly.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. zooamerica says:

    Tom Homan, in his own words….

    Liked by 7 people

  23. Riffico Kid says:

    Sessions for DHS – already confirmed and out of work – Nobody better
    about the need for Border Control

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  24. Breitbart reporting a caravan of 7 to 10 thousand at our border now scaling fences.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Brenda says:

    My vote goes to Homan who should have been given the position in the first place, and to Bossert, who never should have been fired but moved to a different position if he upset Bolton.

    Liked by 3 people

  26. Aunt Clara says:

    So is Election Integrity part of Homeland Security? I haven’t read through all of the comments so perhaps this has been addressed. Perhaps Election Integrity should be a stand alone entity. I know we don’t more departments of this or that but when we have one department encompassing too many things what’s the point?

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  27. Doug Amos says:

    The media does not handle chaos well. Chaos, bedlam, confusion are all closely related. One of their consequences is disorder from a failure to behave PREDICTABLY; sound like the sewer rats or the media? President Trump, overwhelming them and they can do nothing to stop it; too many holes in the dike. Out of chaos, comes order.

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    • JimmyJack says:

      You’d think they would since that’s the nature of life which is what they’re supposed to report on. But the truth of the matter is most journalists and weak intellectually. Any idiot can get a degree in journalism. Dummies don’t respond well to chaos bc they have slow reaction time due to lower IQs and being stymied by cognitive dissonance.

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  28. Sandalwood says:

    Voted for Kris Kobach for governor here in Kansas 11/6/18. He is exceptional. Didn’t win because he aligned himself with Sam Brownback who cut taxes and left the schools and highways unfunded and in disrepair. Has five beautiful daughters. He looks physically big in stature and I believe our President wants that kind of presence for DHS. On all fronts, the U.S.A. must look strong and be represented by people who communicate that strength.

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  29. jeans2nd says:

    There are so many rumors about this Cabinet member and that Cabinet member leaving. This is the second, or perhaps even third, rumor at Nielson leaving, as well as Kelly.

    There are also rumors about John Bolton. Rumors are Bolton is too much of a neo-con and war monger, and many of the military guys (Mattis) are weary of Bolton’s constant push toward war.

    Then there is Obama’s treatment of Kelly. Obama goes for the underlings, as opposed to Clinton, who goes directly for the guy at the top. Obama never left the scene, Clinton is now back in the mix. Who is controlling the media?

    Will believe it when we see it. That said, throwing my hat in the Homan/Bossert ring. Bossert left when Bolton re-organized Bossert out of a job. Bossert spoke and answered questions at CFR, and unlike most, never disparaged the President and actually defended Pres Trump.
    As for Bolton, well, who knows?

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  30. MAGADJT says:

    I’ll say this. I am a huge supporter of POTUS, but for all the pre-inauguration talk about his ability to size people up and make fantastic hires, he has absolutely made some big time mistakes. His own people have undermined his initiatives left and right.

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    • Or so it appears.
      Appearances can be deceiving.
      Our Lion has a track record of effective strategies of deception.
      Not possible to judge.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Robert Smith says:

      I’ll say the swamp runs deep and has long tentacles.

      Liked by 1 person

    • JimmyJack says:

      One, the swamp is even bigger than he or his team realized.

      Two he uses this chaos as a weapon.

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    • lanahi says:

      He made a rookie’s mistake: He wanted people with skills and knowledge in the kind of jobs they were brought in to do. He didn’t care what their philosophies were, just do the job. He didn’t reckon with the hostility and obstruction he is getting. Now he knows.

      There are also some prima donas in the bunch who can’t work well as a team. It’s hard to predict that without watching how it will go.

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  31. Fools Gold says:

    “most say yes”, who exactly are the yes men or women?

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  32. budmc says:

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    • JimmyJack says:

      I’m going to enjoy watching them lose this at the SCOTUS level if necessary and the result being Trump cleaning out the entire WH press corps. Acosta will be the most hated man in all of MSM journalism.

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  33. Ryan Workman says:

    Thomas Homan would be a dream come true at DHS. I thought Tom Bossert was fantastic, but apparently he doesn’t get along with John Bolton. My suggestion would be to move Mick Mulvaney to Chief of Staff and bring on Dave Brat, the economics professor and Freedom Caucus member who just lost a tuff VA race, as OMB Director.

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    • Mulvaney is incredibly valuable in his current role, particularly in the two major efforts of 1) reducing spending (remember the 5% cut goal that Trump gave his cabinet in Sept?), and 2) reorganizing and consolidating overlapping departments and agencies. Both of these are critical to long term economic health in the USA.

      With respect, Brat’s experience as an Econ. professor in a smallish school is unlikely to equip him to run these big initiatives. Brat could be a deputy and perhaps learn something –or better yet, buckle up and re-run in 2020 with a revamped message and more passion.

      Chief of Staff is a role that requires different skills (understanding POTUS and herding cats) and some names mentioned above might handle the role well.

      We don’t need to rescue every failed candidate, imho.

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  34. TreeClimber says:

    I still hold to my theory that Vince McMahon is doing some diplomatting for PTRUMP.

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  35. Treehugger says:

    I like knowing John Kelly is around our president – I was upset when Bolton fired Bossart he’s a good leader –

    John Kelly leaving is something I don’t want to think about tho

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  36. agentcommonsense says:

    ALERT not a red alert but a ALERT ! hee
    SCOOP ALERT
    She be gone already
    http://www.security500.com/11-speaker-bios/32-kirstjen-nielsen-bio.html

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  37. 🍺Gunny66 says:

    Test

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  38. JimmyJack says:

    What about Kris Kobach? Coulter is always singing his praises and he’s available.

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  39. JimmyJack says:

    Am I missing something? Are they having an affair? Why is Kelly so attached to her that he wouldn’t keep a job as the WH CoS if she left? That’s bizarre. I’m sure there’s someplace she can be as effective (meh) where she isn’t as high profile. Seems like she’d like this after she has been stalked and harassed.

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    • lemmus1 says:

      …anyone who believes Kelly pimped his concubine to Trump as DHS Sec is living in an alternate reality …Kelly is married with 3 kids, one of which he recently lost in Afghanistan

      …Neilsen has a long background in Homeland Security going well back into the Bush admin at senior levels …she was a private consultant with FEMA during the Obama years

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  40. bessie2003 says:

    This would be a bright spot to see Homan brought in to lead DHS.

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  41. Dana Rohrabacher lost his reelection bid. He’d make a perfect MAGA Chief of Staff.

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  42. sickrickfl says:

    The issue with losing Kelly, is that he is closely aligned with Mattis.

    If ANYONE thinks we can have a better SecDef than MadDog?

    DJT was smart to have GENERAL Kelly and GENERAL Mattis as two of his top dogs. They ensure a strong connection to .mil. With NSA being part of cybercommand now – having .mil strongly aligned with the O-Office, is of paramount importance.

    I’m lukewarm on Neilson, but happy to see her stay where she is.

    With so many races being manipulated locally by the dems – we may not have the lead we think we had after the mid-terms. Too many seats in question, to risk confirmation battles (and delays) by replacing too many positions.

    Heading into lame-duck territory, it’s as important to keep experienced players in place, than shuffle the deck and not get the goals accomplished.

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  43. Harleyd says:

    This sort of pours cold water on the theory that DHS has been all over election fraud. The “theory” goes:

    1. DHS set up a massive sting operation in Broward County and other geographies that included ballots with security markings and other technical surveillance systems.

    2. DHS and PDJT let the 2018 mid terms, and the post election fraud, play out despite some risks to Senate control. They set the trap and the mice took the bait.

    3. One of the reasons Matt Whittaker was installed as AAG was to drop the hammer on these crooks and expose a multi geography, multi year voter fraud scheme which, once revealed and prosecuted, will virtually destroy the Democrat party and insure Republican election success in 2020 and beyond.

    But I dream on. I doubt a change at the top of DHS would be contemplated if this massive sting operation, central to our electoral future, was underway.

    So much for conspiracy theories. Fun to read but they never play out.

    My real hope is Whittaker is the real deal who was put in place to execute Phase 2 of swamp draining, essentially cleaning out the DOJ and FBI and beginning the prosecution of other scandals and crimes. But this is belied by McConnell’s statement that Whittaker is a “VERY VERY ACTING AG”.

    How many Treepers think there is a DHS sting underway, and how many think Whittaker is really going to hammer the DOJ, the FBI and other Deep State actors?

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    • lydia00 says:

      I heard/read The election fraud task force took a beating in Kansas court recently and was disbanded. If I can find the link will post. I am of the opinion that citizens of each state will have to take this on as issue #1. It needs to be a grass roots demand. The problem is most conservatives are working. and most do not work for nonprofits that pay them to protest or organize.

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      • Harleyd says:

        I believe the “Kansas” issue relates to Kris Kobach who was assigned some time ago to head up an Election Fraud Task Force. Started with much fanfare and went nowhere. Apparently couldn’t get states to cooperate and had no subpoena power. The effort was reportedly then transferred to DHS who would have the clout to get this done because it’s a national security issue.

        The rationale was to expose voter fraud via a national investigation and then let individual states fix their systems (while identified fraudsters were prosecuted). DHS was supposed to be all over this and Matt Whittaker would have the “hammer” to bring the fraudsters down.

        In reality, I suspect “nobody’s doin nothin”. Lots of bravado by bloviators with too much time on their hands. Witness the Florida mess despite virtually complete Republican control of key state offices over the last 8 years. They are getting what they deserve.

        Time for PDJT to blow this Swamp up. He’s now heading into lame duck territory. As he said to the Black community in 2016 with respect to supporting him – “What have you got to lose?”

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  44. railer says:

    The WSJ reported that Bolton and Nielsen were recently discussing border policy, had a significant disagreement and Kelly stuck his nose into it, stridently taking Nielsen’s side. I’d say Kelly’s crossing the line, if he’s publicly carrying water for a personal friend. That’s not his job, particularly under Trump, where that job is really a glorified office admin position and nothing like that Hollywood nonsense. I’m not really against Nielsen, but Kelly can go anytime. You want competence in the WH, but drama queens shouldn’t be welcome.

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  45. lydia00 says:

    I don’t get it. Why are Kelly and Neilson inseparable? Why can’t employees in this administration leave their egos at home?

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    • mashall says:

      CarolynH has give a very good summation above. Neilson didn’t clean out Ovomit’s Employees.
      Leadership requires INITIATIVE!
      Neilson is unfit for Leadership if she must be told what the right thing to do is.
      All I’ve heard her give are Excuses of what others must do. i.e. “Congress must…etc.”
      “Never Let what you can’t do, prevent you doing what you can.”
      A simple definition of Military Leadership is:
      “Doing the Right thing without having to be Told”

      The Constant “What are the Political Optics of” enforcing the Laws and and Defending Our Country From Invasion, is paralyzing those in Leadership Roles.
      The Bureaucratic Dithering and Finger Pointing for the “TV Land Optics” to hope to maybe win some future election, while keeping the .Gov Salaries coming, is bringing the current situation at the border of America to type of Critical Mass.
      Thousands upon Thousands of Criminals are at the Gate, and millions more are Watching, and Planning to come.

      .

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  46. Elle says:

    After reading the comments here, I can’t help fantasizing that we are seeing something like a mob take-down. Don’t they just allow the same people to stay in place so they can see who is who in the zoo and allow the connections to become clear? First year, they allowed Stozk, Orr, McCabe, etc. to hang around before making big moves on the DOJ/FBI. Getting through this election was a key event. Maybe Kelly and Neilson have served their purpose. Not saying they are bad people, or that they were not qualified for the job, but that, if the comments in here are correct, allowing them to stay in place would allow the Trump Team to gauge more than just those in the top spots who are not supportive of his agenda, but also the employees underneath them. Remember that video from James O’Keefe where he exposed so many low level bureaucrats who were able to do real damage one small fiasco at a time?
    .
    Oh, I know. Allow me my delusion, it makes me happy.

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  47. weareallandrew says:

    Homan would be a great choice. Have heard him on talk radio multiple times- down to earth, smart, hard working in retirement- not getting paid, just passionate about sounding an alarm. He is well respected by the troops.

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