Possible Nielsen replacement Tom Homan: ‘She’s working hard and doing a good job’
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Former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tom Homan downplayed speculation on Wednesday that he may be considered as a replacement for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network DOJ to Supreme Court: Trump decision to end DACA was lawful Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign MORE.

"I’m not going to speculate on what the president’s going to do. I think we have a strong secretary," Homan said on "Fox & Friends."

"If the president’s going to make a change, that’s certainly his prerogative, but I really don’t want to speculate what the president’s going to do," he added.


Homan defended Nielsen, and praised her for addressing immigration, despite the fraught nature of the issue.

"It’s a 24/7, 365 job," he said. "You can’t win on this topic because it’s so divisive, so controversial, so emotional, but I think she’s working hard and doing a good job."

Homan retired as head of ICE in June due to "family and personal considerations" after more than a year on the job.

Politico reported Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE is considering Homan as a possible replacement for Nielsen, whose time in the administration is reportedly limited.

Trump has reportedly decided to oust Nielsen in the coming weeks, and may do so as soon as this week. Nielsen has led DHS since December 2017, when she was confirmed to replace now-White House chief of Staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE.

The president is said to have lashed out at Nielsen on multiple occasions over disdain for the administration's lack of hard-line action on immigration.

The DHS secretary fiercely defended a "zero tolerance" policy earlier this year that led to the separation of thousands of migrant families who illegally crossed the border.