General John Kelly for Secretary of Department of Homeland Security

Donald Trump is tapping Gen. John Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security, CBS News confirms.

The final request and acceptance, sources told CBS’ Major Garrett, occurred while Kelly was traveling in Europe. His pick for DHS secretary will be announced by the transition staff in the coming days.

Kelly is a Marine with a reputation for bluntness.

Kelly was the commander of U.S. Southern Command until earlier this year. In that posting, he oversaw American military operations in South America and Central America.

Before that, he commanded American forces numerous times in Iraq, and spent a year as the top Marine in that country. He then was an aide to defense secretaries Leon Panetta and Robert Gates.

Created after the 9/11 attacks, the Department of Homeland Security now employs nearly 250,000 people. Trump pledged repeatedly to better secure America’s borders on the campaign trail, and it is likely that Kelly, should he take the position, will be central to that effort.

Unlike Flynn, Kelly did not endorse Mr. Trump during the campaign and indicated he would be open to serving in either a Republican or Democratic administration. He has also referred to domestic politics as a “cesspool” in an interview over the summer with Foreign Policy magazine.

Kelly, who served nearly 46 years in the Marine Corps, is the highest-ranking American military official to lose a child in combat since 9/11. His son, Marine Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.




2 thoughts on “General John Kelly for Secretary of Department of Homeland Security

  1. “The wall became a fence?” Really? President-elect Trump, when specifically pressed on whether some places along the massive wall might be better – based on the terrain (such as rough, mountainous areas) – as a fence rather than a wall, said “yeah, there could be some fencing.”

    The way you write it makes it seem as if he is entirely scrapping the concept of a wall.

    I know provocative writing sells more magazines, but the canons of journalism are a virtue. Please report the TRUTH, even if it means not selling enough issues and going out of business.


  2. So very sorry for your loss, nothing prepares you; nothing will ever be the same. The only way to push through this loss is to serve others, thank you for your service to our country and may God bless you, your family and those you serve with.


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