Clarke's job offer at the DHS was never publicly announced by the Trump administration, but Clarke had announced on a Wisconsin radio station in May that he accepted the post. The Department of Homeland Security says Milwaukee Clarke is no longer a candidate for a position in the agency. "Sheriff Clarke told Secretary Kelly he is very appreciative of the tremendous opportunity the secretary was offering, and expressed his support for the secretary and the agency".
Clarke adviser Craig Peterson said the sheriff believes he is of better use to President Trump "in a more aggressive role".
Peterson added, "Last Tuesday Sheriff Clarke met with President Trump and discussed other roles where the Sheriff could be of greater assistance to the President, and the Country".
DHS had previously refused to confirm the offer, telling CNNa month ago that "senior positions" like the one that Clarke said he was filling "are announced by the Department when made official by the Secretary".
The tough-talking Clarke, who is known for his provocative social media presence, is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump.
Clarke has also been criticized for his track record as Milwaukee County Sheriff.
"The sheriff is reviewing options inside and outside of government", Peterson said. In 2016, four inmates died while in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail within six months, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
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