House Democrat doubles down on calling Kelly 'extremist' over immigration

House Democrat doubles down on calling Kelly 'extremist' over immigration

Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeOvernight Defense: House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq war powers | Pentagon leaders press senators to reimburse National Guard | New pressure on US-Iran nuclear talks House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq war powers Overnight Defense: Biden, Putin agree to launch arms control talks at summit | 2002 war authorization repeal will get Senate vote | GOP rep warns Biden 'blood with be on his hands' without Afghan interpreter evacuation MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday doubled down on her criticism of President Trump's incoming chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE as being extremist, ripping his immigration policy enforcement.

She clarified remarks she made on Friday in which she called the retired general an "extremist," saying she was referring to Kelly's tenure as Homeland Security chief. 


"What I'm talking about is his tenure as Homeland Security secretary and the very extreme policies of promoting family dislocation, deportation of innocent men, women and children, breaking up families, promoting a Muslim ban, promoting a wall between the United States and Mexico. Those are extreme policies," Lee told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" on Sunday. 

"So this is very troublesome to me to have this kind of power centralized in the White House because these are very serious matters and extreme policies," she continued. 

Lee called Kelly "an extremist" in a tweet on Friday after Trump announced the DHS chief would be replacing Reince Priebus as chief of staff. 

Lee told Tapper while she disagrees with Kelly's stance as DHS head, she honors and related to his military service. 

"I come from a military family. My dad served in World War II and Korea, and so I respect and honor the military, and recognize the sacrifices that all of our military men and women make, as well as General Kelly and his history and his sacrifices," she said. 

Kelly starts in his new position on Monday.