A top aide at the Department of Homeland Security resigned this week as reports surfaced that President Donald Trump was angry over the department’s rollout of his new anti-immigration plan.
Axios reported that Andrew Meehan, a top aide to acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, submitted his resignation amid tensions with the White House over the agency’s unveiling of a new proposal that would reverse the Flores agreement, allowing the federal government to detain migrant families indefinitely.
At issue, according to sources who spoke with the news outlet, was the decision to announce the plan at the Reagan Center, the location of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s Washington, D.C., office.
Trump reportedly believes the proposal would have received better press coverage if it had been announced at the White House.
“[Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan] could have been on all the TVs if he wanted to,” a senior White House official told Axios. “But not everybody’s taking live coverage from the Reagan Center at the last minute. At some point something has got to go right at DHS with their messaging and rollouts.”
"Flores is a huge deal to the president," the official said. "This is the underpinning of the whole fight. This just seems to me this is a very important rollout and they ... undersold it at the Reagan Center.”