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Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. — the controversial and conservative Milwaukee county sheriff who is a staunch supporter of President Trump — says he's accepted a position as assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.
Sheriff Clarke made the remarks on a Milwaukee, Wisconson radio show WISM hosted by Vicki McKenna.
“I will be leaving the position of sheriff to accept an appointment as an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security,” Clarke said on the radio program. “I'm both honored and humbled to be appointed to this position by Secretary Kelly, working for the Trump administration,” he said.
Clarke also said the position would be in the “office of Partnership and Programs” at the DHS. There is not an office by that name, but there is an Office of Partnership and Engagement at DHS. It is unclear what office Clarke was referring to.
“I will be a liaison with state and local government with the private sector,” Clarke added. “And one that's really near and dear to me, liaison with the state, local and tribal law enforcement,” he said.
BuzzFeed News has reached out to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security to confirm Clarke's claim.
Clarke, who has been increasingly in the national spotlight for his political views and statements has previously called Black Lives Matter protests “primitive” and “subhuman behavior.” During the presidential campaign, he urged people to riot with “pitchforks and torches” to protest the government and the media.
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