President Trump just blindsided the nation with the decision to fire Ron Vitiello from his nomination to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Trump abruptly withdrew the nomination on Friday, just before Vitiello was expected to be confirmed by the Senate.
The Department of Homeland Security initially attributed the removal to a White House paperwork error, but President Trump was quick to confirm that he was indeed firing Vitiello.
Vitiello has been the acting leader of the agency since June of 2018 and has decades of experience with the border patrol. Many saw Vitiello as the natural choice to become the official head of the agency.
Trump explained that his decision was driven by a desire to “go in a tougher direction” on immigration enforcement.
President Trump has not announced a new nominee to replace the long-time border official. However, Trump has been threatening to take drastic action in order to end the ongoing illegal immigration crisis. House Democrats have refused to come to the table with Trump, so he’s been forced to take matters into his own hands.
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