The White House withdraws its nomination to lead the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
President Trump reportedly withdrew his nominee, the current acting director, Ron Vitiello, on Thursday.
Congress received paperwork withdrawing the nominee from the process, which reportedly took many in the agency by surprise.
According to one report, Vitiello was previously scheduled to travel to the border with the president on Friday but will no longer be joining him.
The report went on to suggest Vitiello will remain the acting director for the time being.
“Democrats need to help fix the border crisis or get out of Trump’s way” https://t.co/IlQ8rbjlfg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2019
Conflicting reports suggest some coined the withdrawal as a paperwork error while others confirmed the decision was final.
Vitiello has served in law enforcement positions for three decades, serving as both Border Patrol chief and deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Vitiello was placed in the acting director role by President Trump last June.