Performing Homeland Safety Secretary Kevin McAleenan testifies earlier than the Home Oversight and Reform Committee on “Trump Administration’s Youngster Separation Coverage” on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 18, 2019.
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President Donald Trump mentioned in a tweet Friday that performing Homeland Safety Secretary Kevin McAleenan is stepping down.
Trump in his tweet congratulated McAleenan on a “job effectively completed” and mentioned he can be saying a brand new performing secretary subsequent week. He added that there have been “many great candidates.”
“Kevin McAleenan has completed an excellent job as Performing Secretary of Homeland Safety. We have now labored effectively along with Border Crossings being method down. Kevin now, after a few years in Authorities, needs to spend extra time together with his household and go to the personal sector,” Trump tweeted.
“….Congratulations Kevin, on a job effectively completed! I might be saying the brand new Performing Secretary subsequent week. Many great candidates!”
McAleenan took over as performing secretary of the Division of Homeland Safety after Trump requested for the resignation of Homeland Safety Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen earlier this yr. Earlier than that, he had served as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Safety.
McAleenan in a tweet thanked Trump for the “alternative to serve alongside the women and men of the Division of Homeland Safety.”
“I wish to thank the President for the chance to serve alongside the women and men of the Division of Homeland Safety. Together with his help, over the past 6 months, we have now made large progress mitigating the border safety and humanitarian disaster we confronted this yr…,” his tweet mentioned.
McAleenan walked out of an immigration convention in Washington Monday after a number of makes an attempt to talk over protesters.
McAleenan, who was a keynote speaker on the convention, was met with protesters within the crowd who yelled, “When immigrants are underneath assault, what will we do? Get up, struggle again!”
Protesters yelled the assertion a number of instances earlier than McAleenan had an opportunity to talk on the podium. McAleenan mentioned he wish to focus on the challenges the company has confronted over the previous yr with the immigration disaster, “above the politics and the day by day information cycle.” However after persistent shouts, McAleenan walked off the stage with out delivering his speech.
The Division of Homeland Safety mentioned in an announcement: “Sadly the Performing Secretary and the viewers didn’t get the chance to have interaction in a strong dialogue this morning as a result of disruptions of some activists.”
A Washington Submit article mentioned McAleenan had grown “remoted and pissed off” whilst “he guided the USA out of the disaster on the southern border.”
“What I haven’t got management over is the tone, the message, the general public face and strategy of the division in an more and more polarized time,” McAleenan mentioned in an interview with The Washington Submit on Oct. 1. “That is uncomfortable, because the accountable, senior determine.”
CNBC’s Sunny Kim contributed to this report.
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