NYT: Kobach demands private jet, White House office for immigration czar job

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President-elect Donald Trump pauses pose for photographs as he greets Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Nonstop access to a jet, an office in the White House, and a promise of a nomination to the leader of Homeland Security in America; these are a few of former Kansas governor candidate Kris Kobach’s demands for an immigration czar job from the president.

The New York Times reports Kobach submitted his list of job requirements in recent weeks after discussing interest in the job. Three sources familiar with the list described it.

According to the New York Times, Kobach’s list of demands is as follows:

  • Office in the West Wing.
  • Walk-in privileges with the president.
  • Assistant to the President rank – at highest pay level for White House senior staff.
  • Staff of seven people – two attorneys, two research analysts, one scheduler, one media person and one assistant.
  • The president sits down individually with Kobach and the secretaries of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, Agriculture, Interior and Commerce, and tells each of them to follow the directives of Kobach without delay, subject to appeal to the president in cases of disagreement.
  • 24/7 access to a Homeland Security or Department of Defense jet, so Kobach can visit the border every week.
  • Ability to spend weekends in Kansas with family traveling back from the border to Washington D.C.
  • Security detail, if deemed necessary.
  • Serve as the face of Trump immigration policy: the spokesman on television and in the media.
  • Promise that by Nov. 1, 2019, the president will nominate Kobach to be the Secretary of Homeland Security, unless Kobach wishes to continue in the czar position.

Neither a White House spokesman nor Kobach responded to requests for comment on the list.

Kobach, most recently a Kansas governor candidate defeated by Laura Kelly, also served as the Secretary of State from 2011 to January.

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