Trump announces acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan to leave post

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is stepping down from that position, President Trump announced Friday night.

“Kevin now, after many years in Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector,” Trump tweeted shortly before taking the stage at a rally in Lake Charles, La. “Congratulations Kevin, on a job well done!”

The president added that the new acting homeland security secretary would be announced next week and said he had “Many wonderful candidates” to fill the position.

A former senior DHS official with close ties to the administration told Fox News on Friday that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services acting Director Ken Cuccinelli is on the top of President Trump’s list to be the next acting secretary.

The source noted that a Senate confirmation hearing would be bruising for Cuccinelli but “he, [White House adviser] Steve Miller and Trump are all in sync on a number of key policies. They have been trying to clear the way for a while.”

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach would likely be Trump’s second choice, the official added. While Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator Dave Pekoske is next in line according to succession rules, Miller doesn’t think “he is tough

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