President Donald Trump Announces: McAleenan Out as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

President Donald Trump Announces: McAleenan Out as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

President Donald Trump Announces: McAleenan Out as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

Trump said he would announce a new acting secretary soon.

McAleenan tweeted that he had worked - with the president's support - to stem the crisis and that he would help ensure a smooth transition.

Before becoming acting secretary, Mr. McAleenan served as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, one of the agencies operating under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive personnel issues, said the acting secretary felt he had accomplished two of his top priorities - reducing the number of undocumented border crossings and identifying "violent white supremacy" as a threat to the nation in a key US strategy document.

But Mr Trump said Mr McAleenan wants to "spend more time with his family and go to the private sector".

"I have confidence that Kevin [McAleenan] will do a great job!"

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McAleenan is the fourth person to fill the role since Trump began his presidency. "That's uncomfortable, as the accountable, senior figure".

In fact, McAleenan's star had waned considerably within Trump's orbit of late. He also thanked the president for the opportunity to serve "alongside the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security". Under the policy, immigrants were released into the US while awaiting their immigration court proceedings.

McAleenan weathered that storm, but Mark Morgan, acting head of Customs and Border Protection, and Ken Cuccinelli, acting head of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, have often seemed the mouthpiece for the department, often on television fronting Trump's policies, while McAleenan was behind the scenes working on agreements to stop the flow of migrants.

A White House official with knowledge of the decision confirmed that it was McAleenan's decision.

It was unclear whether McAleenan's departure was effective immediately. In his tweet Friday, Trump said he would name a new acting secretary next week. Trump told aides that McAleenan had the look he was going for, with the trim, stern demeanor of a federal agent.

DHs' acting deputy secretary, David Pekoske, is next in line to succeed McAleenan.

In 2018, he faced criticism in the media for carrying out Mr Trump's zero-tolerance policy that led to the controversial separation of families at the USA southern border, but he has maintained his agency's duty is to carry out the law, not create it.

McAleenan's exit ends a almost 20-year career in federal law enforcement.

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