Trump taps a gen­eral again for Cabi­net

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By AGEN­CIES

US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump has se­lected re­tired Ma­rine Corps gen­eral John Kelly to head the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity.

He also chose Ok­la­homa At­tor­ney Gen­eral Scott Pruitt, whose poli­cies have helped fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies, to run the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency.

Sep­a­rately, Trump named the for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of World Wrestling En­ter­tain­ment (WWE), Linda McMa­hon, 68, to head the Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Trump has taken part in WWE events in the past and has close ties to the McMa­hons. He also is a mem­ber of the WWE Hall of Fame.

Trump also picked up the Time mag­a­zine “Per­son of the Year” dis­tinc­tion, it was an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Trump’s long pres­i­den­tial cam­paign was in large part de­fined by sear­ing rhetoric and his stead­fast prom­ises to build an im­pen­e­tra­ble wall on the border with Mex­ico and crack down on im­mi­grants liv­ing in the United States il­le­gally. But he struck a softer tone in the in­ter­view pub­lished in Time for the an­nual fea­ture.

“We’re go­ing to work some­thing out that’s go­ing to make peo­ple happy and proud,” Trump said. “They got brought here at a very young age; they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good stu­dents. Some have won­der­ful jobs. And they’re in never-never land be­cause they don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Em­manuel pre­sented Trump a let­ter on Wed­nes­day from 14 big-city may­ors urg­ing him to keep the pro­gram in­tact.

“They were work­ing hard to­ward the Amer­i­can dream,” Em­manuel told re­porters in the lobby of Trump’s sky­scraper. “It’s no fault of their own their par­ents came here. They are some­thing we should hold up and em­brace.”

Trump moved to­ward mak­ing another ad­di­tion to the col­lec­tion of gen­er­als in his Cabi­net, set­tling on Kelly, 66, to head Home­land Se­cu­rity, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple close to the tran­si­tion.

Trump has al­ready picked re­tired Ma­rine Corps gen­eral James Mat­tis for sec­re­tary of de­fense and re­tired Army lieu­tenant gen­eral Michael Flynn as na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser.

Kelly, who joined the Marines Corps in 1970, re­tired this year af­ter a fi­nal com­mand that in­cluded over­sight of the Guan­tanamo Bay de­ten­tion cen­ter.

He has a rep­u­ta­tion as a border hawk af­ter a time in the South­ern Com­mand, which is based in South Florida and reg­u­larly works with Home­land Se­cu­rity on mis­sions to iden­tify and dis­man­tle im­mi­grant smug­gling net­works.

Trump also picked Pruitt, a long­time critic of the EPA, to head the agency, ac­cord­ing to a per­son close to Pruitt who was not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly about the choice be­fore it was an­nounced.

The move came just af­ter Trump met with for­mer vi­cepres­i­dent Al Gore, who is an en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist, and said he had “an open mind” about hon­or­ing the Paris cli­mate ac­cords.

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