Fmr ICE Director Homan says Border Czar job still up in air: ‘As of right now, I am not accepting the job’

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Screen capture … Tom Homan … Credit: Fox News

During a “Fox & Friends” phone interview on Friday, President Trump told the hosts that former Acting Director of ICE Tom Homan will be rejoining his administration as Border Czar. However, on Saturday, Homan told Neil Cavuto of Fox News that it’s not a done deal because he is not satisfied with the structure of the position as presently outlined.

“As of right now, I am not accepting the job, but you know, the discussions will continue,” Homan said.

A current Fox News contributor, Homan strikes a resonating chord with viewers, given his hard-line illegal immigration views.

Homan told Cavuto that the announcement by Trump “was kind of premature.”

“Look, I’ve had discussions with the White House,” Homan said. “They’ve approached me. I was first approached by Secretary Nielsen about this job and I declined it because I didn’t think the job was structured right and I didn’t think it had the proper authority.” Nielsen left the DHS Secretary role 10 weeks ago.

“Look, I think a border czar needs to be structured in a way they can coordinate activities from DHS, DOJ, DOD, HHS–they all have a piece of this border issue so think any sort of border czar needs to be a person who coordinates an all-government response to the border,” Homan said.

“So when I first had the discussions, that wasn’t the way it was setup, and I certainly don’t want to come back and fail this president. I don’t think we should create another policy position, as that’s not what will be effective on this border. So as of right now, I am not accepting the job, but you know, the discussions will continue.”

Cavuto asked Homan if he had subsequently talked with the President.

“I won’t discuss my discussions with the president, out of respect,” he replied. “… but I can say that I’ve talked to administration officials about what a border czar should look like based on my 34 years experience and what I think will be successful, but I’ve not accepted any position at this time, and I’ll just leave it at that.

Cavuto pushed Homan a bit for more clarity, referring back to the President’s comments the day before when he said, “He’ll be a border czar, he’ll be very much involved in the border, he’ll be reporting directly to me. He’ll be probably working out of the White House but probably spending a lot of time at the border. He’s a good man. Done a good job.”

“He apparently he didn’t run that by you?” asked Cavuto.

“Well look, I respect this president greatly, and I’ll never say never. … I came back and wanted to serve this president, but do you know what? I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me in the last 24 hours. ‘Why would you even think about coming back and serving this president and why would you even think about taking such a big pay cut?’ Let me answer those critics …

“Again, I haven’t accepted any position,” Homan reiterated. “But why would I even have these discussions?

“Because I love my country and because I see what’s going on in the southwest border, and after 34 years of serving my nation you don’t just turn it off. So when we have a national crisis on our border, and the President of the United States taps you on the shoulder, you have those discussions.

“So we’ll see where it goes,” he continued. “But for all those naysayers out there, they obviously don’t know what it’s like to serve their nation and obviously don’t understand that this isn’t about serving a president. This is about serving the American people and serving The nation. I love my country, and the country’s in chaos right now on the southern border so whether it’s Fox News, I try to pull the curtain back and educate the American people. “Like you Neil, you are serving your country by trying to educate the American people on what’s happening and what needs to happen to protect this country. So I don’t know what role I’ll play, but I’ll always be involved in it.”



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