Published: 11 Oct 2019 | 23:56 GMT
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has resigned from the post, just days after his speech at Georgetown University was shouted down by protesters.
President Donald Trump announced McAleenan’s resignation via Twitter on Friday evening, saying the interim cabinet official wanted to “spend more time with his family and go to 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….
….Congratulations Kevin, on a job well done! I will be announcing the new Acting Secretary next week. Many wonderful candidates!
Formerly head of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), McAleenan stepped into the DHS job in April, after the surprise resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. He quickly found himself hounded by the media and Democrats, both opposed to Trump’s policies on immigration and securing the southern US border.
It was unclear whether McAleenan’s departure was effective immediately. While Trump said he would be nominating a new acting secretary next week, from “many wonderful candidates,” the position would normally pass to the current acting Deputy Secretary, David Pekoske – a retired US Coast Guard vice-admiral who currently serves as head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).