President Donald Trump is considering David Clarke, the controversial sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, for a Homeland Security post, according to a new report.
Clarke is under consideration for an assistant secretary position at the DHS Office of Partnership and Engagement, Politico revealed Friday. While the post requires no Senate confirmation, one official close to the situation said it’s “not a done deal yet.”
Clarke, a longtime Trump supporter, has long been rumored for a position in the administration after a November meeting with then-president-elect Trump at Trump Tower.
The sheriff also spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last summer, when Trump secured the GOP nomination for president. During his speech, Clarke called the Black Lives Matter movement “anarchy” and declared, “Blue lives matter!” He also touched on the importance of applying the law “equally to both the wealthy and the impoverished.”
“These are truths that are self-evident to me, and which I practice, and they are the truths that Donald Trump understands and supports,” Clarke said in his speech. “Donald Trump is the steadfast leader our nation needs.”
The sheriff has faced scrutiny recently following revelations regarding the death of inmate Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration last year at the Milwaukee County jail after guards turned off the water in his solitary confinement cell for seven consecutive days.
Clarke has not publicly commented on his county's handling of the situation, but he has accused the local media of failing to highlight Thomas’ ailing health or the fact that the inmate was accused of shooting a man outside his parents’ home before opening fire in a nearby casino.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, announced Thursday that he won’t remove Clarke over Thomas’ death, the Chicago Tribune reported.