Trump selects new acting DHS chief

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump named undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf as acting secretary, replacing Kevin McAleenan who resigned his office three weeks ago.

Trump told reporters on Friday “I put in a very good man who is highly respected and he is acting right now and we’ll see where that goes.” “I like acting — It gives you great, great flexibility,” Trump said, adding that Wolf “is right now acting and we’ll see what happens. We have great people in there.” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement “”as the president has said, Kevin McAleenan has done a tremendous job.” He added that after McAleenan leaves, Wolf “will serve as acting secretary in the interim.” Gidley declined to say who Trump will nominate to lead the department on a permanent basis.

For his part, McAleenan said in a statement that Wolf, who is Acting Undersecretary for Policy and has “experience in multiple roles at DHS,” will be invaluable when confronting the homeland security challenges the Department will face. “Over the past six months we were able to make tremendous progress mitigating the border security and humanitarian crisis, developing a bold approach to counter terrorist threats and targeted violence, and supporting our State and local partners to secure the 2020 election. “I am confident Chad will carry on the important progress we have made,” he remarked.

Last month, Trump announced that McAleenan will step down from his post after he was named as the DHS’ acting chief in April following the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen but was not formally nominated for the position.

Source: Kuwait News Agency