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President Trump said on Friday that long-standing Department of Homeland Security (DHS), official Chad Wolf would be the new Deputy Director of Homeland Security, to hold the fifth person and the job in the Trump administration.
Trump casually s announced the appointment in response to a reporter’s question, as he has the White house for a campaign rally in Mississippi: “and we’ll see what happens,” he said, to confirm whether or not the Wolf would be nominated for the job permanently.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley later clarified that the current act the DHS Secretary, Kevin McAleenan, would remain on the job until Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
“As the President has said, Kevin McAleenan has done a great job,” Gidley told reporters. “He’s going to leave, after the veterans day, and after he walks away, Chad Wolf to serve as a Deputy Secretary in the meantime.”
Wolf, a one-time chief of staff to former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the company with 240,000-person Department on and off since its inception after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He left the role as “Nielsen’s chief of staff, a role in Homeland Security, before she resigned in April.
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In February, Trump Wolf was nominated to the Department, first under secretary of the department ‘ s Office of strategy, policy and planning. The appointment is not yet confirmed by the Senate.
Trump has struggled to find a replacement for McAleenan, whose last day was Oct. 31. To place the Federal vacancy rules restrictions on who can have been had thought to fill the position, to bar immigration hard-line Ken Cuccinelli, currently the acting head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Mark Morgan, the current acting Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, from taking the job.
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The Federal vacancies Reform Act ” of 1998 provides that candidates succeed, which it is, a course of action, DHS chief must have worked in the Senate for the approval, under the previous Secretary or the next in line of succession.
The New York Times reported that the White house investigated has the potential loophole pick could be made under the Trump of the top, the assistant secretary of the combating weapons of mass destruction Office, and then bumped up to DHS a short time later, a risky strategy for sure before legal pushback from Congress.
Wolf is also expected to face a tough fight to get a confirmation from the Senate because of his similar positions on immigration, his former supervisor Nielsen.
The Associated Press and Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.