WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has resigned and a new acting director of the agency will be named next week.
FILE PHOTO: Acting Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan responded while protesters interrupted his remarks at the annual Migration Policy and Policy Conference of the Migration Policy Institute in Washington , United States, October 7, 2019. REUTERS / Yuri Gripas
McAleenan became the fourth person to lead the agency under Trump in April after the Republican President demanded the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Prior to becoming a secretary, McAleenan was a member of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, one of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) operating agencies.
Now, Kevin Kevin, after many years in the Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector, Mr. Trump said on Twitter.
I will announce the new Minister of Rights next week. Many great candidates, he said.
Trump, who made legal and illegal immigration an important issue during his presidency and re-election efforts in 2020, said he and McAleenan worked well together when the Border Crossings were refuse.
Despite the praise, Trump never officially nominated McAleenan to run the agency.
In a statement, McAleenan said that during its six-month term, DHS has made great strides that reduce borders …
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