Homeland Security releases statement from Kelly, announces new director

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Friday afternoon, President Trump announced in a series of Twitter messages that he had just named Homeland Security Secretary, Gen. John F. Kelly as the new White House Chief of Staff.

After the announcement, the Department of Homeland Security shared a press release from Gen. Kelly with his comments on his new appointment. Kelly stated:

“I have been fortunate to have served my country for more than 45 years – first as a Marine and then as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. I am honored to be asked to serve as the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States.

To the tremendous men and women of DHS, I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Secretary. When I left the Marines, I never thought I would find as committed, as professional, as patriotic a group of individuals. I was wrong. You accomplish great things every day defending our nation, and I know your exceptional work will continue.”

In a second press release from DHS press secretary Dave Lapan, it was announced that Kelly will remain as the DHS Secretary until Monday, July 31, at which time Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke will become the acting Secretary of the DHS.

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