In a gesture that is dripping with irony, the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Chuck Rosenberg, has announced that he will be leaving the post effective October 1st. His reason is reported to be that he disapproved of President Trump’ s comments that maybe police should stop being so “nice” when they arrest people.
While the comments by President Trump were absolutely a reflection of a very authoritarian view of policing, the fact that the head of the DEA is upset that the President sounds authoritarian is thick with the richness of dripping irony. After all, the man heads an agency that exists solely to track down, kidnap, cage, and, if need be, kill people because they engaged in a voluntary exchange with other people.
Lest you think the man is a conscientious objector, it should be noted that Rosenberg is a long-time Comey ally and no political friend of Donald Trump. One would not be surprised if Rosenberg would have no problem if President Obama were the one that said what Trump said.
The acting chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is stepping down while the agency awaits the Trump administration’s nomination of its permanent leader.
A person familiar with the move said Chuck Rosenberg will leave the post Oct. 1. The person said Rosenberg notified employees of his decision in a short email Tuesday in which he thanked them for their hard work.
Rosenberg, a longtime ally of fired FBI Director James Comey, had been running the agency in a temporary capacity since 2015. He made news last month when he rejected President Donald Trump’s comments suggesting police shouldn’t be “nice” to suspects by shielding their heads as they are lowered, handcuffed, into police cars. He told employees the comment “condoned police misconduct” and reminded them of the drug agency’s operating principles, which include the rule of law, respect and compassion and integrity.