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Chad To Be Acting Secretary For Homeland Security

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Chad Wolf, the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Policy, Analysis, and Risk, US Department of Homeland Security

There is yet another reshuffle in Trump’s administration. President Donald Trump has now named Chad as the acting Homeland Security Secretary.

Chad Wolf is the fifth person to head the department, till the time a permanent candidate is found to fill the position. White House is continuing to struggle to fill the position while Trump has confidently said, “he is right now acting, and we will see what happens. We have great people in there.”

The previous officer Kevin McAleenan was also in an acting secretary capacity and submitted his resignation to Trump in early October saying he would leave by the end of the month.

Mark Morgan, the currently acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, is being considered the leading candidate, though no names have been announced as of now.

The White House has announced thought that they intent to keep Wolf in acting capacity only. They will continue to look for a person to fill in the position permanently.

Meanwhile, the administration lawyers are looking for ways to install Trump’s favorites in the position. This could justify the weeks of delay.  The preferred candidates are Mark Morgan or Ken Cuccinelli. The latter is the acting head of U.S. Citizenship and immigration Services. Both men joined the department in the spring. They won Trump’s favour because they showed great appreciation for his hard-line immigration policies in their television appearances.

The White House has the liberty to keep Wolf as an acting secretary until the Senate votes on his nomination as undersecretary. At the moment, no Senate vote is planned, and as of Friday afternoon, the White House was still courting individual Republican senators to support him.  Should he be confirmed for that post by the Senate, he would become the top Senate-confirmed official at the department.

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