The ‘Ideal Choice’ — Donald Trump Confirms Gen. John Kelly for DHS Secretary

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File

President-elect Donald J. Trump confirmed reports that he will nominate General John Kelly as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Calling Kelly the “ideal choice” for the position, Trump said that he would focus on securing the border and protecting the country from terrorism.

“He is the right person to spearhead the urgent mission of stopping illegal immigration and securing our borders, streamlining TSA and improving coordination between our intelligence and law enforcement agencies,” Trump said. “With Gen. Kelly at the helm of DHS, the American people will have a leader committed to our safety, as well as one who will work hand-in-hand with America’s rank-and-file TSA, ICE, and Border Patrol officers.”

Kelly accepted the nomination, vowing to take issues of border security seriously and fight the forces of political correctness.

“The American people voted in this election to stop terrorism, take back sovereignty at our borders, and put a stop to political correctness that for too long has dictated our approach to national security,” he said. “I will tackle those issues with a seriousness of purpose and a deep respect for our laws and Constitution. I am honored for the opportunity to be back in the service to our country and our people.”