Nielsen’s deputy quits Homeland Security
WASHINGTON – Claire Grady, the second in command at the Department of Homeland Security, followed the lead of outgoing Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and resigned Tuesday as part of an agency-wide staffing shake-up.
The resignation comes after President Trump tapped Customs and Border Patrol Director Kevin McAleenan to temporarily take over for Nielsen – who announced her resignation Sunday – even though Grady was the rightful person for the post, according to internal protocols.
“For the last two years, Claire has served DHS with excellence and distinction,” Nielsen said in a tweet announcing Grady’s resignation. “She has been an invaluable asset to DHS – a steady force and a knowledgeable voice.”
Nielsen and Grady have their last day at DHS today.
Grady’s exit comes after members of Congress accused Trump of bypassing protocol by tapping McAleenan to take over as acting secretary in light of Nielsen’s ouster.