President Donald Trump has reportedly tapped Ken Cuccinelli for a prominent position at the Department of Homeland Security.
The New York Times reported today that Cuccinelli was selected by Trump to “coordinate the administration’s immigration policies.” This follows a report that Kris Kobach was being considered for “immigration czar,” but that he had a list of demands first.
Cuccinelli had been a CNN contributor, but in covering the news today, CNN’s John King noted he’s “no longer” in that role.
During the 2016 Republican National Convention, Cuccinelli briefly got some attention for his role in a floor protest that led to Cuccinelli throwing his credentials on the ground and Don Jr. saying he looked like an idiot:
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) May 21, 2019
Apparently, Cuccinelli’s role may not be the official “immigration czar”––per Politico the exact role is “still under discussion.”
Cuccinelli served as the 46th Attorney General of Virginia. He lost the 2013 gubernatorial campaign to Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia by 2.5 percentage points.