LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY

Former Secretary Jeh Johnson on the state of homeland security

BY Mary Alice Williams, Anchor |

The Trump administration’s now-canceled plan to hold secret peace talks with Taliban leaders at Camp David during the week of Sept. 11 sparked controversy across the country.

NJTV News anchor Mary Alice Williams sat down with former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to discuss the meeting’s optics, the possibility of future of peace talks and how the country could end its longest war.

“I don’t think it would have been the correct message to send, I don’t think the timing would have been right, I don’t think the location would have been right to meet with, shake hands with an enemy who we’ve been in combat with for the last 18 years,” he said.

Johnson also shared his thoughts on the Trump administration’s immigration policy, the challenges of election cybersecurity, the rise of domestic terrorism and why he regards the current Department of Homeland Security with “despair and dismay.”