On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security picked two former members of the George W. Bush administration to lead its new homeland security agency.
The two men, former White House counterterrorism czar Michael McCurry and Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, are part of a group of eight people Trump is trying to bring back into the Trump administration as his DHS picks begin to roll out.
McCurry, who served as the head of the White House’s Counterterrorism Center during the Bush administration, was among the administration officials who worked to help push through the President George W Bush National Security Authorization Act (NSA) in 2001.
He had previously worked for the National Security Council as deputy assistant secretary for homeland security.
He also served as an executive assistant to the Secretary of Defense for counterterrorism and security policy.
He previously served as a senior executive at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Trump, who was a Republican presidential candidate in 2016, has touted his support for border security and immigration enforcement.
But some experts and Democrats have raised concerns about the vetting of McCurry’s former boss, former Homeland Security Adviser Michael Chertoff, who is now the president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The homeland security department has faced criticism in recent weeks for its handling of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Trump is also seeking to nominate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) as the Homeland Security secretary.
Graham has been widely criticized for his past support for controversial immigration policies and his ties to controversial neoconservative groups like the Atlantic Council.
He’s also received criticism for supporting legislation that could allow states to withhold federal funds from religious groups that oppose abortion.
The White House on Thursday announced that DHS would hold a hearing Thursday to “discuss and analyze” the McCurry nomination.
“The Department of Defense will continue to work with the President and his team to ensure that the President’s homeland security priorities are met,” the White Trumpet tweeted Thursday morning.