Grassley warns Trump is 'pulling the rug out from' under immigration officials

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? Senate Finance leaders in talks on deal to limit drug price increases Million-dollar drugs pose new challenge for Congress MORE (R-Iowa) on Monday urged President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE not to dismiss any additional Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, saying that Trump is "pulling the rug out from" under his immigration officials.

Grassley also told The Washington Post that he is "very, very concerned" amid speculation of a broad purge at DHS. 

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Secret Service Director Randolph Alles will soon leave the agency.

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The Post, citing department officials, reported that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Lee Cissna and DHS general counsel John Mitnick could be next to go. The newspaper noted that Trump also recently withdrew the nomination of Ronald Vitiello to be the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“The president has to have some stability and particularly with the number one issue that he’s made for his campaign, throughout his two and a half years of presidency,” Grassley told the Post. “He’s pulling the rug out from the very people that are trying to help him accomplish his goal.” 

Grassley added that he texted White House acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? On The Money: Sanders unveils plan to wipe .6T in student debt | How Sanders plan plays in rivalry with Warren | Treasury watchdog to probe delay of Harriet Tubman bills | Trump says Fed 'blew it' on rate decision The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions MORE to express his concerns about the potential departure of Cissna.

“He didn’t seem to know who I was talking about,” Grassley said, adding that Mulvaney told him he would look into it. 

When asked whether he wanted to speak directly with Trump, the Iowa senator said he will “see if it’s necessary.”

Grassley also criticized White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who is especially hawkish on immigration and reportedly urged Trump to pull Vitiello's nomination as ICE director.

“I think it would be hard for him to demonstrate he’s accomplished anything for the president,” Grassley said.