Trump wants a ‘tougher direction’ for his immigration agency
President Donald Trump said Friday he was pulling the nomination of his pick to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying he wants to go in a “tougher direction.”
The move, which The Associated Press first reported Thursday, was met with shock and confusion by many at the Homeland Security Department, where key officials had received no heads-up from the White House about its plans regarding Ron Vitiello, the agency’s acting director. He had been scheduled to travel with Trump on Friday to Calexico, California, along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Even some of his aides thought Vitiello was still going to the border town even after the paperwork withdrawing his nomination to permanently lead the agency was sent to members of Congress on Thursday.