President-elect Donald Trump has been making headway in picking the cabinet that will play an integral role in shaping his policy for the next four and possibly eight years.
He has already received plaudits from both sides of the political aisle for the appointment of Gen. James Mattis (ret.) as his defense secretary.
Conservatives are similarly pleased with the appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as his attorney general. This is in part because of Sessions’ views on immigration, which fall in lockstep with Trump’s.
Trump has now made another appointment to further implement his immigration policy.
The incoming president announced Wednesday that Gen. John Kelly (ret.) will serve as secretary of Homeland Security.
Trump picks retired 4-star Marine Gen. John Kelly to head Homeland Security https://t.co/cDTtJIctfv
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 7, 2016
From The Wall Street Journal:
Gen. Kelly’s views on immigration and tightening the border were likely to have appealed to Mr. Trump. Before retiring, Gen. Kelly testified that the border between Mexico and the U.S. was too loose. “The border is, if not wide open, then certainly open enough to get what the demand requires inside of the country,” he said during congressional testimony.
Mr. Trump has vowed to erect barriers between the U.S. and Mexico, despite controversy and criticism about the potential cost. As a presidential candidate, Mr. Trump traveled earlier this year to Mexico and met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
In another skill that might be useful as Mr. Trump’s Homeland Security secretary, Gen. Kelly served for several years as the legislative assistant to the commandant of the Marines, providing him with front line experience in dealing with Congress.
The Journal also notes that Kelly oversaw operations at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and commanded American troops in Iraq. He joined the Marines in 1970 and became the longest serving general in the military, retiring earlier this year.
Sadly his son Marine 2nd Lt. Robert Kelly was killed in 2010 when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan.