CNN, The New York Times, Slate, the Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, and New York Magazine are all reporting that Kris Kobach has made insane demands of President Trump before he would take the job of immigration czar.
Normally I would not trust any of those media outlets, but there’s too much evidence of self-sabotaging (and Trump sabotaging) morons joining the administration for me to rule it out entirely. I’m thinking of Gary Cohn, HR McMaster, John Kelly and especially Steve Bannon (have mercy on his soul!).
So although just a couple of weeks ago, I was touting Kobach as the best choice for immigration czar, now I am not so sure.
Here’s the entire list of insane demands made by Kobach, according to the Times:
1. Office in the West Wing.
2. Walk-in privileges with the president.
3. Assistant to the President rank—at highest pay level for WH senior staff.
4. Staff of 7 people (2 attorneys, 2 research analysts, 1 scheduler, 1 media person, 1 assistant).
5. POTUS sits down individually with Czar and the secretaries of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, Ag, Interior, and Commerce, and tells each of the Secretaries to follow the directives of the Czar without delay, subject to appeal to the President in cases of disagreement.
6. 24/7 access to either a DHS or DOD jet. Czar must be on the border every week.
7. Ability to spend weekends in KS with family on way from border back to DC, unless POTUS needs Czar elsewhere.
8. Security detail if deemed necessary after security review.
9. Serve as the face of Trump immigration policy – the principal spokesman on television and in the media.
10. Promise that by November 1, 2019, the president will nominate Kris Kobach to be DHS Secretary, unless Kobach wishes to continue in Czar position.
If true, Kobach apparently considers himself, not George Washington, to be “the indispensable man.” He isn’t — although he may be excused for thinking so after reading what Ann Coulter has written about him, but whatever happened to “serving at the pleasure of the president”?
Fact of the matter is that President Trump is the only indispensable man under this scenario, and if Kobach isn’t willing to be a faithful lieutenant to his captain, he needs to clear the field. At this point, his presence in the administration would be more of an embarrassment than a help.
It’s remotely possible that Kobach is the victim of an elaborate character assassination, but in any case his usefulness to Trump has come to an end. Time to find someone who will carry out the president’s orders and get things done.
To read more of my columns about the Dishonest Media, the Deep Swamp, the failed presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and Trump’s war to restore American greatness, read my “Why We Needed Trump” trilogy. Part 1 is subtitled “Bush’s Global Failure: Half Right.” Part 2 is “Obama’s Fundamental Transformation: Far Left.” Part 3 is “Trump’s American Vision: Just Right.” They are available at Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions.