Sheriff David Clarke says he's accepted DHS job

Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wis., said Wednesday he has accepted a job in the Department of Homeland Security.

Clarke told conservative radio host Vicki McKenna during an interview on 1130 WISN that he will leave his post as sheriff to serve as a deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

“I’m both honored and humbled to be appointed to this position by Secretary Kelly, working for the Trump administration,” he said during the radio show.

Clarke said he will leave his position as sheriff in June to work in the Office of Partnership and Programs as a liaison with state, local and tribal law enforcement.

While the DHS did not confirm Clarke's reported role, it did note the position in question does not require Senate confirmation.

 

 

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During the 2016 presidential race, Clarke supported President TrumpDonald John TrumpMia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey Trump congratulates Kemp, says Abrams will have 'terrific political future' MORE and has praised him since the inauguration.

At the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, Clarke spoke of his support for Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

"In President Trump, we have chosen a leader," Clarke told the audience at CPAC. "A leader who I expect many of you in this room well know that I both campaigned and vigorously supported for the highest office in this land."

Clarke has been an outspoken supporter of Trump's proposed wall on the U.S-Mexican border.