Former Iowa Homeland Security nominee Timothy Chamamets nomination to be the next homeland security secretary was a “sad day” for conservatives, the former GOP presidential candidate said in an interview.
In an interview with Vice News, Chamamett said he was “not ready for that” after his nomination.
Chamamets was confirmed by the Senate in January to be Homeland Security Secretary, replacing Mike Pompeo.
The House has been debating Chamametz nomination since late May, and the vote is expected next week.
He was not expected to face any major challenges from Democrats in his confirmation hearings.
Chalamets’ nomination was seen as a sign that Republicans have a solid majority of House and Senate members in support of their nominee, with many Democrats holding out hope that he could get his confirmation vote.
Chapman, who is also a professor at the University of Iowa, is a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and was appointed to his post by President Donald Trump in 2017.
He said he hopes Chamameters nomination will “bring a sense of confidence and a sense that we can work together and work in a way that is effective.”
In an op-ed published by The Hill on Tuesday, Chamanets wrote that he is “not going to be bullied” into making the kind of policy decisions that he has said he wants to make, but he said he believes the job is important.
“The president needs someone to oversee our nation’s borders, our intelligence, our national security and our civil liberties,” Chamamette wrote.
“I believe we need someone who understands the challenges that lie ahead, and who can do that.”
Chamet said he expects his confirmation hearing to be closely watched, especially by members of his own party, and that he wants Republicans to “make it clear they have a nominee who will listen and who is prepared to be part of a team that works together to solve those challenges.”