Kevin McAleenan never quite fit in as Donald Trump’s Acting Director of Homeland Security. Republicans called him a liberal Obama loyalist. At times, he also showed a degree of discomfort with the regulations he was tasked to implement.
Despite complimenting the job he had done, the President never made a move to make McAleenan the full time Homeland Security Chief. After only 6 months on the job, the long time official has resigned from his post to spend more time with his family.
The news of McAleenan’s departure was broken by Trump himself. The President tweeted, “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.”
Trump continued, “Congratulations Kevin, on a job well done! I will be announcing the new Acting Secretary next week. Many wonderful candidates!”
McAleenan had a tough time with the duties of the job. He recently told the Washington Post, “When you see the impact in the six-week period on 2,500-or-so families and understand the emotional pain for those children, it’s not worth it. It’s the one part of this whole thing that I couldn’t ever be part of again.”
Just this week, the former DHS head also had a well publicized moment at Georgetown University. McAleenan left a scheduled speech early after he was repeatedly shouted down by student protesters.
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