Obama, GOP’s King talk homeland security

Ranking member of Homeland Security Committee Committee Peter King, who is expected to take the chairmanship come January, got an unexpected phone call from President Obama late Wednesday night.

King, who criticized some of the administration’s policies on national security in a column in The Washington Examiner on Tuesday, was extended an olive branch by President Obama to work with Democrats on issues related to homeland security.

King told Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” Martha MacCallum, that the president “congratulated me, on becoming chairman of the homeland security committee and, thanked me for having said good things over the weekend about the administration’s handling of the Yemen crisis, and, he said he hoped we could work together on homeland security issues.”

The soon-to-be chairman said that, “I think in some ways the president’s entire concept is wrong, as far as closing Guantanamo Bay and having the 9/11 trials in New York. And also, the administration I thought was uncoordinated during the Christmas bombing last nor but as far as the actual day-to-day operation, and as far as the CIA, FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center and the Department of Homeland Security are doing an excellent job, day-to-day.”

King told The Examiner in a recent interview that when he takes chairmanship of the committee he would begin by holding hearings on the Guantanamo detainees and the Fort Hood shooting incident, among other issues.

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