Trump Taps Gen. John Kelly for Homeland Security Role

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President-elect Donald Trump chose retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security, turning to what the Washington Post calls “a blunt-spoken border-security hawk who clashed with the Obama administration over women in combat and plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. Kelly, who retired in February as chief of the U.S. Southern Command, would inherit a troubled department responsible for the most controversial part of Trump’s agenda: his crackdown on illegal immigration. DHS is the third-largest cabinet department, with 240,000 employees whose jobs include fighting terrorism, protecting the president, and enforcing immigration laws.

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