Trump mulls appointing 'border czar': report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE is considering appointing an "immigration czar" to coordinate his border policies across federal agencies, according to the Associated Press.

Three people familiar with discussions told the AP that Trump is considering former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), both of whom have histories of archconservative policies on immigration.


Kobach, who narrowly lost to Gov. Laura Kelly (D) in Kansas’s gubernatorial election in November, previously served as vice chairman of Trump’s election integrity commission, which failed to produce evidence to substantiate the president’s claim that millions of people cast illegal votes in the 2016 presidential election.

Cuccinelli served as Virginia's attorney general from 2010 to 2014, unsuccessfully running for governor in 2013, and has since assumed leadership of the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Trump has not yet made a decision about whether the office would be under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security or the White House, according to the AP. The president has repeatedly threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border over the past week.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.