Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is scheduled to meet Monday in New York with President-elect Donald Trump, according to news reports quoting a Trump aide.
Clarke, who runs as a Democrat, was a high-profile surrogate for Trump during the campaign. Clarke has been mentioned as a potential Trump appointee to head the Department of Homeland Security.
“The sheriff has nothing to say,” Clarke’s spokeswoman, Fran McLaughlin, said Friday when asked to confirm Monday’s meeting.
When asked earlier this month if he expected a role in the Trump White House, Clarke told radio host Joe Pags: “I don’t expect anything, I don’t have an entitlement mentality. I told Donald Trump I wanted to help him, because I thought that this country needed his leadership. That being said, if the president asks you to serve, you step up to fulfill that duty. So if he feels that I can help him and he calls on me, sure I’ll accept it, but I’m not expecting anything.”
In his upcoming memoir, Clarke has called for an overhaul of the nation’s homeland security program, writing that American citizens suspected of being terrorists should be treated as “enemy combatants” who can be questioned without an attorney, arrested by authorities and held indefinitely.
Their cases would then be handled by military tribunals, not the traditional court system.
“We are at war. Homegrown radicalization has the enemy inside our borders,” Clarke writes. “Islamist radicalized Americans are not criminals; they are enemy combatants.”
Clarke has also spoken out forcefully in favor of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Trump’s pick for attorney general.