Former Interim Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Tom Homan, said Saturday that President Trump's announcement was "a bit premature" and that, if he was willing to work with the administration of President Trump, he had initially refused to assume the role of "czar borders". because it was not "structured" properly.
"I think the announcement made yesterday – I think the White House has made it clear that it was a bit premature," he said during his appearance on "Cavuto Live" on Saturday.
"I was first approached by [former Homeland Security] secretary [Kirstjen] Nielsen about this job and I refused it because I did not think the job was well structured, "said Homan before adding that he did not want to" overthrow the president ".
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"I did not think he had the proper authority," he added. "And look, I think that a tsar of the border must be structured so as to be able to coordinate the activities of [Department of Homeland Security], [Department of Justice], [Department of Defense], [Health and Human Services] – they all have a part of the border problem, so I think any type of border tsar must be someone who can coordinate a comprehensive government response to the border. "
His comments came after the president told Fox and Friends that the former ICE chief would serve as a new border advisor. "Tom Homan will come back, I would say it would be announced next week, unless I prefer to announce it now," Trump said Friday.
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Homan told Cavuto that even though he had not accepted an official position, he "greatly" respected the president and was ready to work with him. Noting that people were wondering why he would work for Trump or accept "such a big pay cut" when he returned to the administration, Homan said he would act as a border tsar because He loved his country.
"Once again, I have not accepted any position, but why should I even have these discussions? Because I love my country and I see what is happening on the South-West border and after 34 years in the service of my nation, you can not turn around, that, "he said.
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The potential nomination of Homan would come as the United States faces a migrant crisis and tries to pressure Mexico to cooperate with its border efforts. Trump finally reached an agreement after threatening to impose tariffs, although some critics downplayed its effectiveness.
But for Homan, Trump's deal was "excellent".
"It's a good deal and it changes the situation if it's implemented correctly," he said.