The President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate a third retired General for a top position in his administration. The ideal nominee will serve in the agency that was formed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack, the Department of Homeland Security. Trump is inclined to nominate a battle-hardened Marine Commander.
The Former Marine General John Kelly aged 66 years old is expected to be named by Trump as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. This information has been provided by a source that is informed with the situation.
If the Senate verifies John Kelly, he will oversee the Department of Homeland Security which is responsible of securing borders against illegal immigrants, coordinating intelligence and countering terrorism threats, responding to natural disasters, and protecting the President.
John Kelly holds the same views as Trump regarding illegal immigration as he is against the adverse problem. Kelly is a four-star General who had made a statement to the congressional meeting last year that U.S. is facing a national security threat from the unsecured U.S.-Mexican border.
Kelly headed the Southern Command where he oversaw the U.S. military activities and relationships in the Caribbean and Latin America. He was also a strong supporter of the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.
Kelly’s son was killed in the Afghan war in a fight against the Taliban, he retired in January after 45 years of military service. The former General will oversee 240,000 employees; this will include Border patrol agents, the refugee clearance agency, and the Secret Service.
During the intense presidential campaign, the President-elect fascinated his supporters and everyone in the U.S. when he said that he was going to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border in a bid to keep the Mexican immigrants away.
Kelly shares the same opinion on the immigration issue as he made a statement last year in a testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee in which he said that the issue of people smuggling in the southern border has intense consequences on the U.S. security. He added that the same smuggling routes could be used by terrorist organizations to unleash terror in the U.S. soil. This are the same sentiments that made Donald Trump to consider Kelly for the position.
Trump’s administration will comprise of military men who mean business such are the retired General James Mattis who is expected to lead the Pentagon, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn to be the national Security adviser.
John Kelly has enormous experience in the military, he served in Iraq several times in 2003, he was the first Marine in more than 50 years to be promoted to the position of Brigadier General while in the battlefield.