SCOOP: Gary Cohn and Dina Powell Pressuring Trump to Reject Sheriff David Clarke

(Washington, DC) Senior advisors Gary Cohn and Dina Powell in the Trump White House have quietly yet forcefully been applying pressure to the White House to reject the appointment of Sheriff David Clarke to the Department of Homeland Security. Sheriff Clarke is in line to be appointed DHS Director for Community Partnerships, Office of Countering Violent Extremism.

Attacks on Sheriff Clarke regarding his master’s thesis footnoting format have originated from this group, who are amplifying their effect inside the White House, despite being largely ignored by the public. Their goal is to use this attacks as a way to stall and delay Sheriff Clarke’s appointment.

In private meetings, senior White House officials urging for the Clarke appointment have praised DHS Secretary Mike Kelly for his insight into bringing Clarke on board due to his understanding of US domestic law enforcement issues and how that can further aid Kelly’s efforts at stopping domestic radicalization.

In addition to Gary Cohn and Dina Powell, those opposed to Sheriff Clarke include Obama’s former official in the position, George Selim. George Selim was controversial for his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia.

In 2012, the Daily Caller reported:

President Barack Obama’s deputies are holding “hundreds” of closed-door meetings with a jihad-linked lobbying group that is widely derided by critics as a U.S. arm of the theocratic Muslim Brotherhood.
The admission of meetings with the Council on American-Islamic Relations came from George Selim, the White House’s new director for community partnerships, which was formed in January to ensure cooperation by law enforcement and social service agencies with Muslim identity groups in the United States.

Sheriff Clarke’s appointment would come at a critical juncture for the Trump administration. Reports of a staff shakeup have been the talk of DC since before the President left for his first overseas trip. The general wisdom is that Trump intends to bring in more people from his historic campaign victory and eschew many of the lifetime DC staffers and hanger-on that moved into the White House despite no clear support for the President’s agenda — and in many cases, open opposition to the Trump agenda. The addition of Sheriff Clarke, an early and vocal Trump supporter, would be a clear sign of the direction the Administration is taking, and a strong message that President Trump and Secretary Kelly intended to implement policies at the Department of Homeland Security that put American national security interest first, ahead of international organizations and non-state actors.

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