US homeland security chief out, had criticised tone of Trump policies
Washington: President Donald Trump announced on Friday the resignation of Kevin K McAleenan, the acting secretary for the department of homeland security who spent his six-month tenure trying to curb a surge of asylum-seekers at the southwestern border while managing a turbulent relationship with a president intent on restricting immigration.
Noting they had “worked well together with Border Crossings being way down,” Trump said on Twitter that McAleenan wanted “to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector.”
McAleenan’s departure from the White House came after he tried to embrace the president’s increasingly aggressive assault on legal and illegal immigration publicly even as he privately resisted some of Trump’s most extreme ideas. He was a former deputy commissioner for the nation’s border security agency under President Obama.
In an interview last week with The Washington Post, McAleenan complained about what he called the “tone, the message, the public face and approach” of immigration policy — a not-so-subtle reproach of the president’s own language. The comments enraged some of the president’s staunchest allies, who had already targeted McAleenan for resisting nationwide deportation raids this year against migrant families.
McAleenan went to the White House on Friday to offer his resignation and volunteer to stay on the job until the end of the month, a move made in part to avoid having the president assert that he had forced him out, according to administration officials. Trump said in his Twitter post that he would name a head of the agency next week.
Kevin McAleenan is Trump’s fourth homeland security chief