Trump Taps Retired Gen. John Kelly To Lead Homeland SecurityIn this 2013 photo, U.S. Southern Command, Commander Gen. John F. Kelly briefs the media on the current state of USSOUTHCOM affairs, March 20, 2013. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released) Gen. John Kelly
On Monday, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump formally announced retired General John Kelly as his choice to be the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He went on to say that Kelly’s focus will be stopping terrorism and illegal immigration.
Trump spoke of Kelly’s accomplishments in a public statement. He said:
“Gen. John Kelly’s decades of military service and deep commitment to fighting the threat of terrorism inside our borders makes him the ideal choice to serve as our Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, He is the right person to spearhead the urgent mission of stopping illegal immigration and securing our borders, streamlining TSA and improving coordination between our intelligence and law enforcement agencies.”
General Kelly is a 45-year military veteran that first enlisted int he Marine Corps in 1970. He swiftly rose through the ranks to become Commander of the U.S. Southern Command.
General Kelly has accepted the appointment and said:
“The American people voted in this election to stop terrorism, take back sovereignty at our borders, and put a stop to political correctness that for too long has dictated our approach to national security. I will tackle those issues with a seriousness of purpose and a deep respect for our laws and Constitution,”
Gen. Kelly will be the third retired general to join Trumps National Security team. Retired Generals Michael Flynn and James Mattis have also been selected for positions as National Security Adviser and Secretary of Defense, respectively.