Sheriff David Clarke Withdraws Acceptance of Homeland Security Gig

U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk out from the White House in Washington U.S. before their departure to Camp David

"Sheriff Clarke told Secretary Kelly he is very appreciative of the tremendous opportunity the secretary was offering, and expressed his support for the secretary and the agency", he added.

Trump and Clarke met in Wisconsin on Tuesday and discussed other roles he could fill to help advance the Trump agenda.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will not join the Department of Homeland Security as an assistant secretary, his adviser Craig Peterson told The Washington Post on Saturday.

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The Milwaukee County Sheriff reportedly rescinded his acceptance of the position, which he was slated to begin in June.

The Department of Homeland Security, created after the September 11, 2001, attacks on NY and the Pentagon, includes agencies that handle customs, border protection and immigration, the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration and the Secret Service.

"The sheriff is reviewing options inside and outside of government", Peterson told the paper. "This appointment is a disgrace".

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Clarke has been a controversial figure over his past comments, including calling Black Lives Matter a hate group.

Clarke is a highly-vocal President Trump supporter and a regular guest on Fox News.

In addition to the plagiarism charges, Clarke has always been the subject of charges that his department has mistreated prisoners and suspects alike during his tenure.

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Trump nominated Clarke for a position at DHS in April, but within days, allegations surfaced that Clarke had plagiarized portions of his masters thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

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