Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
President Trump announced Friday night that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is stepping down from the position,
“Kevin now, after many years in Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector,” Trump tweeted shortly before taking the stage at his rally in Lake Charles, La. “Congratulations Kevin, on a job well done!”
….Congratulations Kevin, on a job well done! I will be announcing the new Acting Secretary next week. Many wonderful candidates!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2019
FOX News reports that the president added that the new acting homeland security secretary would be announced next week and said he had “Many wonderful candidates” to fill the position.
McAleenan issued a statement Friday night following the president’s announcement, thanking him for “the opportunity to serve alongside the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security.”
“With his [Trump’s] support, over the last six months we have made tremendous progress mitigating the border security and humanitarian crisis we faced this year, by reducing unlawful crossings, partnering with governments in the region to counter human smugglers and [addressing] the causes of migration, and [deploying] additional border security resources,” he said.
I want to thank the President for the opportunity to serve alongside the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security. With his support, over the last 6 months, we have made tremendous progress mitigating the border security and humanitarian crisis we faced this year… pic.twitter.com/A4rTcZgJKF
— Acting Sec. Kevin McAleenan (@DHSMcAleenan) October 12, 2019
McAleenan took over in April after Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen quit, and he was the fourth person to lead the department in two years. Trump hasn’t named anyone to the job yet — the acting deputy is David Pekoske, the head of the Transportation Security Administration.
McAleenan, a longtime U.S. Customs and Border Protection official, was seen as a level head who could effectively manage the border crisis, but like many other former administration officials who came before, Trump eventually soured on him.
He told “Fox & Friends” that “part of the irony here is that this is supposed to be a group of immigration law experts who wanted to hear the facts of what’s happening on the border. The facts of what’s broken about our immigration system.”
“I was going to challenge them on how we could talk and start a dialogue about how to fix it,” McAleenan said. “But, apparently [I] didn’t get that opportunity.”
When it was clear that Georgetown Law Center was “not going to change that direction of that dialogue,” McAleenan realized it was “time to go.”
I can’t say I blame him, frankly.
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