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Politics White House is on verge of naming Chad Wolf acting DHS secretary

00:50  01 november  2019
00:50  01 november  2019 Source:   politico.com

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The White House has imminent plans to name Homeland Security official Chad Wolf acting secretary , according to three people familiar with the plan. Wolf will replace acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, whose last day in the job was today. No successor was named as darkness began

The White House is leaning toward appointing Chad Wolf as the next acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and shifting focus for its nominee for the permanent Chad Wolf , acting undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security , earlier this week in Washington.

The White House has imminent plans to name Homeland Security official Chad Wolf acting secretary, according to three people familiar with the situation.

Giovanni De Carolis, Bill Northey are posing for a picture: Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Chad Wolf.© Alex Brandon/AP Photo Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Chad Wolf.

Wolf will replace acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, whose last day in the job was Thursday. No successor was named as darkness fell on Washington.

President Donald Trump called Wolf a few days ago and told him to expect to be appointed, a person familiar with the plan told POLITICO. Two other officials said that the White House has been speaking to reluctant GOP senators — including Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) — and asking them not to oppose Wolf’s appointment to be undersecretary of the department.

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WASHINGTON — The White House is strongly considering Chad Wolf , the acting undersecretary for strategy at the Department Wolf is not considered as hard-line on immigration as two other names floated for the job — acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli and

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The search has been complicated by a federal law that requires acting agency chiefs to have served under a Senate-confirmed secretary for 90 days. Grassley said this week there is no legal way to name someone acting DHS secretary if that person hasn't been confirmed in any capacity by the Senate. Wolf has not been confirmed in his present position as undersecretary for policy.

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The White House has concluded that USCIS acting director Ken Cuccinelli and CBP acting commissioner Mark Morgan are ineligible to Instead, Trump may now be more inclined to pick Transportation Security Administration chief David Pekoske and DHS assistant secretary Chad Wolf .

The White House is strongly considering Chad Wolf to replace Kevin McAleenan as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security . If chosen, Wolf is only expected to hold the position for a short time as the White House finds an official nominee. NBC News Correspondent Julia Ainsley join Katy Tur to

Wolf has received some opposition from lawmakers because he was a registered lobbyist for the National Association of Software and Service Companies, which represents Indian and U.S. companies that aim to keep the H-1B visa program for foreign workers with exceptional or unusual skills.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. McAleenan offered to remain in the acting job for another week if the White House had not named a successor by Friday; a DHS spokesperson said McAleenan is “very adamant” about ensuring a smooth transition.

“This is an outstanding pick by the President,” said a senior administration official. “Chad is uniquely qualified to lead the Department and he’s widely respected within DHS and the interagency community for his experience and vision.”

Marianne LeVine contributed to this report.

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