Former DHS spokesman blasts Trump's treatment of border patrol

A former spokesman for the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE Thursday for his handling of the U.S. Border Patrol.

David Lapan, who was spokesman in 2017 under then-DHS Secretary John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, responded Thursday to a tweet from Trump in which the president praised “Our Border Control Agents” for doing “an incredible job under very adverse conditions” and touted salary increases he implemented.

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“They are doing great work but...1st, it's Border PATROL. 2nd, you tried to freeze federal employee salaries -- including CBP [Customs and Border Patrol] & USBP [U.S. Border Patrol] -- but Congress passed a 1.9% raise for this year,” Lapan tweeted, linking to a Vox article estimating that cuts in Trump’s proposed 2020 budget would cut about $75,000 per federal worker from employee pensions over the next decade. 

 

Lapan added that Border Patrol agents worked without pay for weeks during the 2018-2019 government shutdown, which lasted from Dec. 22 to Jan. 25, the longest in American history.

Lapan, a longtime colleague of Kelly’s through the U.S. Marine Corps, left DHS in October 2017, about three months after Kelly departed DHS to become White House chief of staff. He currently serves as vice president of communications for the Bipartisan Policy Center, a centrist public policy think tank. He has criticized Trump on Twitter in the past, condemning his repeated characterization of the media as “the enemy of the people” and pushing back on what he called Trump’s “fearmongering” about migrant caravans.