Following the promotion of Department of Homeland Security chief John Kelly to White House Chief of Staff after former White House executive Reince Priebus resigned Thursday, the DHS has announced Sunday who will be filling Kelly’s position.
Deputy DHS secretary Elaine Duke has been chosen to fill Kelly’s void, only until President Trump nominates and the Senate subsequently confirms a new permanent chief.
After an insult laced tirade against him made by new communications director Anthony Scaramucci drove Priebus to resignation this week, Trump promptly announced on Friday that Kelly was his pick for Priebus’s replacement. He left the task of choosing a new DHS head unfinished, leading to Duke’s temporary stand-in.
Duke was sworn in as deputy Department of Homeland Security Secretary on April 10, and in her government bio it states that she essentially served as the departments chief operating officer and led “all efforts related to the strategic execution of DHS’s vital missions.”
Prior to her recent stint in government, Duke served as principal of Elaine Duke and Associates LLC.
Kelly is set to make the move to the White House Monday, and has said he is “honored” to serve as the president’s Chief of Staff. As DHS Chief, Kelly has seen success tackling the problem of illegal immigration. To quote DML from his op-ed last Friday, “Kelly was kicking butt and taking names at the border.”
He will have his work cut out for him in the White House, with congressional Democrats sowing the seeds of unrest and accusing Pence of “planning his inauguration” Friday.
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“Pence is somewhere planning his inauguration”