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ICE nominee’s Senate vote delayed by concerns of his opinion of Trump

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: Ronald D. Vitiello, nominee to be assistant Homeland Security secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, testifies at a hearing held by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee November 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. The committee met to hear testimony regarding Vitiello’s nomination. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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  • The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    Committee chose to delay a vote on President Trump’s nominee to
    lead ICE.
  • Ronald Vitiello had shared images on Twitter comparing
    Trump to cartoon character Dennis the Menace during the 2016
    presidential campaign.
  • A group of unions sent a letter to the committee
    addressing concerns about Vitiello’s attitude toward
    Trump.

A key Senate committee delayed a vote on Wednesday for
President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE), amid concerns over his record.

One of the reasons the Senate Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs Committee delayed the vote on Ronald
Vitiello are concerns about his opinion of Trump, particularly
since he once shared an image on Twitter that compared the
then-presidential candidate to cartoon character Dennis the
Menace.

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On Wednesday, the Washington Post
reported
that a group of unions sent a letter to the
committee addressing their concerns and referencing the tweet
about Trump looking like Dennis the Menace.

“The nominee to be considered by the Committee, Mr. Ronald
D. Vitiello, has only been with ICE for a short period of time,
and while this letter neither supports nor opposes his nomination
to be our Director, we are aware of several matters that give us
serious concern about him,” the unions wrote.

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who chairs the committee, said
a vote could come as soon as Thursday after the delay this week.
Nominations expire at the end of the year if the Senate takes no
action. 

Vitiello also sent a tweet in 2015 that compared Democrats to the
Ku Klux Klan, which he told senators during his confirmation
hearing was a “mistake” and a “momentary lapse of judgment.”

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