Wolf is the fifth person to act on the job in the Trump-led government
On Friday, President Donald Trump said that Chad Wolf, a longtime Department of Homeland Security official would act as the head of Homeland Security. This appointment was announced casually to the press in response to a question when the president left the White House for Mississippi for a campaign rally. However, Trump didn’t confirm whether the officer would be appointed permanently for the job.
Kevin McAleenan to leave office on Veterans Day
Hogan Gidley, Whitehouse spokesman clarified that Kevin McAleenan, present acting DHS secretary would leave office on Veterans Day, November 11. He went on to say that McAleenan did a tremendous job and announced that Chad Wolf will act in his stead in the interim.
Wolf has been chief of staff to Kirstjen Nielsen, former DHS secretary in the past. He has been with the department since it was created after the terrorist attacks of 2001. The official left the role of chief of staff for another role before Nielson resigned. A few months ago, Trump nominated Wolf to become the first undersecretary of Homeland Security’s Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans. However, the Senate has yet to confirm the nomination.
There are reports that Trump had a hard time finding a replacement for the present acting head, McAleenan whose tenure was supposed to elapse on Oct 31. The provisions of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act stipulate the conditions under which a DHS must be appointed. It states that succeeding candidates of the acting DHS chief should be approved by Senate. Also, they should be next in line or have worked under another secretary. Wolf has a tough battle to face before he gets confirmed by the Senate since his stance on immigration is the same as his former supervisor.