A homeland security secretary is in hot water after calling homeland security “a disaster” during a town hall meeting in Fort Worth.
Homeland security Secretary Mike Gonzalez said he doesn’t understand how “people who work for DHS” could say DHS “is not a disaster,” and then go on to say, “I just don’t understand that, that’s not the way I see it.”
When pressed on why he doesn:///s/he says he doesn”t understand that,” Gonzalez said, “Well, I don’t get it.
You know, I think it’s important to understand that I do not believe the department is a disaster.
I don”t believe that DHS is a failure.
But, I do think that it is a tragedy.
You don’t have to be a disaster expert to see that it”s a disaster, he added.
After a townhall meeting earlier this week, Gonzalez told members of the Texas House of Representatives that he believes DHS has failed.
In an email to the Texas Tribune, Gonzalez said his remarks were taken out of context and “completely misconstrued.”
He added that he was trying to address the concerns of Fort Worth residents and asked for a response from House Speaker Joe Straus, R-Dallas.”
The fact is that my remarks were entirely misconstruing my remarks and were misinterpreted by my critics and opponents to mean that my comments were anything other than what they were,” Gonzalez wrote in an email.”
I have never said that DHS was a disaster.
“He said he was referring to the department’s response to the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attack.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has said DHS has the highest level of preparedness of any federal agency.
The Homeland Security Department has been under intense scrutiny since President Donald Trump declared the federal government an “insurgency” on Feb. 1.
It was revealed in March that agents were raiding the homes of two Texas lawmakers, who were not accused of any wrongdoing.
The FBI also said agents raided the homes last month of Republican Rep. Mark Meadows and Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.
Gonzalez told the Texas City Hall crowd Wednesday that he would continue to support the department and its mission and said he wanted to make sure people understood he wasn’t calling the department a failure.”
“What I would want to do is make sure that people understand that we are in crisis and that DHS isn’t a disaster and that we can do this together.””
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“What I would want to do is make sure that people understand that we are in crisis and that DHS isn’t a disaster and that we can do this together.”