Trump Says Kevin McAleenan Is Leaving As Homeland Security Chief
President Trump announced on Twitter on Friday that Kevin McAleenen will be leaving as acting director of homeland security after a six-month stint in which he dealt with an unprecedented influx of asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Kevin McAleenan has done an outstanding job as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. We have worked well together with Border Crossings being way down. Kevin now, after many years in Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2019
Trump said that he will be naming a replacement next week.
Trump did not explain the decision, but McAleenan after seeming to criticize the administration in an interview with The Washington Post last week.
“What I don’t have control over is the tone, the message, the public face and approach of the department in an increasingly polarized time,” McAleenan told The Post. “That’s uncomfortable, as the accountable, senior figure.”
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