"Nothing is more important than ensuring we prevent terrorist attacks against America, and we still have a long way to go in reforming our intelligence capabilities and securing our homeland to make that goal a reality. I have no doubt that former Commissioner Kerik appreciates the challenges we face in defending America.

"I look forward to the nomination process and learning from the former Commissioner how he intends to address our currently inadequate effort to secure our nation’s seaports and the cargo flowing into the U.S. I also look forward to discussing with him other issues of national importance like equipping and training our first responders and better securing our Northern Border while allowing for the efficient flow of goods and people across it."