The forced resignation over the weekend of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was reportedly followed by what some are now describing as a “bloodbath” or “purge” of terminations.
On Monday President Donald Trump fired Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles as part of a pre-planned “transition in leadership at the DHS and throughout the ranks,” as reported by Fox News.
Shortly thereafter word broke that L. Francis Cissna, the head of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, one Cissna’s top deputies; and John Mitnick, the department’s general counsel and a senior member of Nielsen’s team, are on their way out as well.
Trump is reportedly also pushing for the ouster of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Claire Grady.
And last week the president abruptly withdrew the nomination of acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Ron Vitiello, who’d been slated to take over at the agency permanently.
Big concern among Trump administration officials is this perceived purge of senior national security officials — DHS Secy Nielsen and USSS Director fired, ICE director nominee pulled, other senior DHS officials at risk (DHS general counsel, USCIS dir, Acting DHS deputy secy).
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 8, 2019
While it’s unclear why so many members of the administration are being “purged,” The New York Times believes it’s part of “a housecleaning of officials associated with John F. Kelly, the president’s former chief of staff and his first homeland security secretary.”
This theory makes sense for two reasons. During Kelly’s stint in 2017 as the Homeland Security secretary, Nielsen served as his chief of staff. Second, according to journalist Ronald Kessler, Trump was allegedly forced by Kelly into assigning Alles to serve as the director of the Secret Service.
“At one point, Kelly threatened he would resign unless Trump appointed Alles,” Kessler reportedly revealed in his 2018 book, “The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game.”
And so Trump appointed Alles to his post, despite being unimpressed with his qualifications.
“[When] he interviewed Alles, Trump was not impressed,” Kessler wrote. “Alles volunteered that he knew next to nothing about the Secret Service. Apparently, it was too much trouble to read books and articles about the agency or to check out the Secret Service website before meeting with the president.”
Others attribute the “bloodbath” or “purge” to White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, an immigration hardliner. A White House source reportedly told reporters at the Daily Mail that Miller spearheaded the terminations of both Nielsen and Alles.
Politico reported something similar.
“Frustrated by the lack of headway on a signature Trump campaign issue, the senior White House adviser has been arguing for personnel changes to bring in more like-minded hardliners, according to three people familiar with the situation — including the ouster of a key immigration official at the Department of Homeland Security, whose secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, announced Sunday that she is resigning,” the outlet reported Monday.
Over on MSNBC, the lone mainstream media network that continues to enthusiastically champion the debunked Russian collusion delusion conspiracy theory, the “purge” is a result of the president refusing to listen to logic and engaging in workplace violence …
Listen to NBC News analyst Frank Figliuzzi explain his bizarre theory to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace:
“What we talked about was a possible analogy between what we’re seeing in the president and studies of violence and acting out, particularly workplace violence,” he said. “We talked about the journey and pathway to violence, when we see people using the language of despondency, lashing out, blaming others, obsessive-compulsive attachment to one issue and the inability to get off it, in this case it’s the border, security on the border and immigration.”
“The question we have to ask ourselves, from a behavioral sense, is are we watching a president essentially on his way to what we call a flash point, and are we beginning to see him act out in the form of purging and mass firing and completely not listening to any logic?”
It’s unclear what Figliuzzi knows about logic …
“You know, when people say to him the law or policy is such and such and we would be violating the Constitution or the law, and he simply dismisses it and fires people and keeps doing it, are we watching a workplace violence incident play out at the highest level of our government, and is he acting out now, and where does this go if I’m right about that?” he then asked.
The most logical reason for the ongoing “purge” is that the officials being removed have failed at their duties. In the case of Nielsen, thousands of illegal aliens continue to stream across the border daily. In the case of Alles, his incompetence has been blamed for a serious security breach at Mar-a-Lago wherein a woman was able to walk into the Florida facility last week with a recording device.
Seems lots of media are admitting Trump is right.
NY Times admits ‘border at breaking point’ as more than 76,000 cross in a month, DHS says ‘spiraling out of control’ https://t.co/wJDtdxy8UV
— GrannieLynda (@Lynda63986855) March 6, 2019
Regardless of the reason, it’s a fact that former President Barack Hussein Obama, a man whom the media rarely criticized, routinely performed similar purges. By 2014 the then-president had fired hundreds of experienced military officers. Yet not once was he accused of engaging in workplace violence. Nor did any mainstream media outlet take the time to ask why he was performing a purge.
The media were likewise uninterested in reporting the results of a Military Times/Institute for Veterans and Military Families poll conducted after the 2016 election that found that a majority of U.S. troops had an unfavorable opinion of Obama and his emasculating policies.
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