BREAKING: Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan Resigns

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Posted: Oct 11, 2019 8:00 PM
BREAKING: Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan Resigns

Source: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

President Donald J. Trump announced via Twitter Friday evening that Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan has resigned his position to spend more time with his family and pursue a career in the private sector.

"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," the president tweeted.

"Congratulations Kevin, on a job well done! I will be announcing the new Acting Secretary next week. Many wonderful candidates!" he added.

As Peter Baker of the New York Times notes, McAleenan's resignation means that his replacement will be President Trump's "fourth homeland security secretary in less than three years."

McAleenan took over for Kirstjen Nielsen in April 2019. Earlier this month, Mark Krikorian, the director of the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Washington Post why McAleenan was not the best fit for the DHS Secretary.

"...McAleenan deserves credit for “putting out the fire du jour at the border.” But he said McAleenan remains a poor fit to lead DHS.

“The DHS secretary should be somebody who is completely part of the team, and while McAleenan is not some guerrilla fighter of the resistance, he’s not really totally on board the Trump train,” he said. “That should be the case if you’re a Cabinet secretary dealing with one of the most important issues politically for the administration.”