Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Corps General John Kelly to head up Homeland Security. Per the Military Times:
Donald Trump has picked former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security, the third retired military officer nominated for a role in the president-elect’s Cabinet.
CBS News was first to report on Wednesday that Kelly had accepted the offer. Trump’s transition team did not immediately confirm the report. Kelly, who is traveling abroad, did not respond to a request seeking comment.
A formal announcement is expected within days, according to CBS News.
Kelly, the former head of U.S. Southern Command, is well-regarded among Republicans on Capitol Hill and during his service sparred with President Barack Obama’s administration on a variety of security and military issues, including the attempt to shutter detention facilities at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. He also holds strong views on border security.
Kelly is the longest serving Marine General in American history.
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