The exodus of US security officials, including Kirstjen Nielsen and the Secret Service chief, has put renewed attention on White House senior aide Stephen Miller. The 33-year-old is widely seen a big reason President Trump is moving to toughen his immigration and border policies, reports the Hill. In fact, the headline of a CNN analysis refers to this as the "Stephen Miller purge." Related coverage:
- Lightning rod: Miller is reviled on the left. Witness Rep. Ilhan Omar, no stranger to controversy herself, with this tweet: "Stephen Miller is a white nationalist," she wrote, per Fox News. "The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage." Critics including Rep. Lee Zeldin (here) and Donald Trump Jr. (here) responded by accusing Omar of anti-Semitism (not for the first time) because Miller is Jewish. They, in turn, were ridiculed for equating her criticism with anti-Semitism.
- Clash ahead? Vanity Fair reports that Miller appears to be on a "collision course" with another young member of the administration, Jared Kushner. Why? The presidential son-in-law is quietly working on a plan to expand legal immigration, one that "could increase the number of low- and high-skilled workers admitted to the country annually," reports Politico.