Homeland Security denies NYT report that Trump directed McAleen to close border and offered him a potential…

A Department of Homeland Security official dismissed a report by The New York Times on Friday alleging that the president’pressured Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan to close the southern border and offered’him a pardon if the need arose.

A spokesperson with the department confirmed to Fox News on Friday that Trump has never ‘indicated, asked, directed or pressured the acting secretary to do anything illegal,’ and said McAleenan would never ‘take actions that are not in accordance with our responsibility to enforce the law.’

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Trump Urged Homeland Security Official to Close Border Despite an Earlier Promise of a Delay

President Trump last week privately urged Kevin McAleenan, the border enforcement official he was about to name as acting secretary of homeland security, to close the southwestern border to migrants despite having just said publicly that he was delaying a decision on the step for a year, according to three people briefed about the conversation.

It was not clear what Mr. Trump meant by his request or his additional comment to Mr. McAleenan that he would pardon him if he encountered any legal problems as a result of taking the action. Homeland Security denies NYT report that News Homeland Security denies NYT report that Trump directed McAleen to close ... Fox News 8 hours ago A Department of Homeland Security official dismissed a report by The New York Times on Friday alleging that the president ... Federal judges have already blocked the administration’s attempts to limit asylum seekers who illegally enter the country, and it is not likely that Mr. McAleenan would have ended up in jail if he had followed the president’s directive.

Booker on Trump reportedly floating pardon for border official: ‘That should shake every American’ | TheHill

‘That should shake every American. We basically have a president telling people to break the law and that he will pardon you,’ Booker, one of more than’a dozen Democrats running for president, told MSNBC host Joy Reid.

‘And again, we’re sitting in Newark where kids are going to prison for things that two of the last three presidents admitted to doing and nobody’s pardoning them,’ he said, referring to smoking marijuana.’

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Trump told acting DHS secretary he’d pardon him if he violates immigration law

The Latest: DHs denies Trump urged ‘anything illegal’

Last week Trump urged his soon-to-be acting homeland security secretary to seal the southern border and told McAleenan he would pardon him if he were to find himself in trouble for blocking legal asylum-seekers. Kirstjen Nielsen quits as US Homeland Security Secretary The Daily Telegraph 5 days ago The Department of Homeland Security denied the report in the New York Times , and Ms Nielsen then issued a statement in which she ... That’s according to two people familiar with the conversation who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe a private exchange.

It was not clear whether the president was joking, and a Homeland Security spokesman said in a statement: ‘At no time has the president indicated, asked, directed or pressured the acting secretary to do anything illegal.’

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The conversation with Kevin McAleenan came during the president’s trip last week to Calexico, California, and a day after Trump told reporters that he was delaying his threat to close the border because Mexico appeared to be stepping up its efforts.

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