Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan denied a report that he threatened to resign if he was not given more authority over his agency after a clash with White House adviser Stephen Miller.
The Washington Post reported Saturday that McAleenan grew angry after Miller tried to dictate hiring at the agency and a “power struggle” followed. McAleenan was asked Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” if he had threatened to leave. “No,” he responded, saying he planned to lead the department for as long as he had the opportunity.
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But he refused to discuss whether he had fought with Miller, who is known as an immigration hardliner.
“Look, I’m not going to talk about rumors or any alleged internal conversations,” McAleenan said.
President Trump appointed McAleenan to lead Homeland Security temporarily after Kirstjen Nielsen was ousted as secretary last month at Miller’s urging. Other top officials, including acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ron Vitiello, have been removed at Miller’s insistence.
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