Monday 26 June 2017

Another general ushered into US administration

Retired Marine General John Kelly arrives at Trump Tower to meet US president-elect Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
Retired Marine General John Kelly arrives at Trump Tower to meet US president-elect Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

Steve Holland

Donald Trump plans to nominate retired Marine General John Kelly to lead the department of homeland security in the US, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters, making him the third general sought for a high-level job in the new administration.

Gen Kelly (66) is the former head of the US military's Southern Command. The source said Mr Trump was expected to name Gen Kelly but did not elaborate.

Mr Trump, who has no military experience, also plans to nominate a retired general, James Mattis, to lead the department of defence and picked a retired lieutenant general, Michael Flynn, to be his national security adviser.

Gen Kelly, who retired in January 2016, differed with President Barack Obama on key issues and has warned of vulnerabilities along the United States' southern border with Mexico.

Although Gen Kelly's experience from a 45-year military career may give him insight into overseas threats like drug trafficking or Islamist extremism, he would face new challenges at an agency that oversees everything from border security to protecting against cyber threats and responding to domestic crises.

Irish Independent

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