Monday morning Trump announced his plan for nominating retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
John Kelly was the leader of the U.S. Southern Command; a group that was monitoring military activities in Central and South America.
And he’s 100% behind Trump’s plan to build a wall between Mexico and America and even spoke to Congress on the matter.
“Gen. John Kelly’s decades of military service and deep commitment to fighting the threat of terrorism inside our borders makes him the ideal choice to serve as our secretary of the Department of Homeland Security,” Mr. Trump said, according to The Washington Times.
Kelly said that he was “humbled and grateful” to get the nomination.
“The American people voted in this election to stop terrorism, take back sovereignty at our borders and put a stop to political correctness that for too long has dictated our approach to national security,” Gen. Kelly said. “I will tackle those issues with a seriousness of purpose and a deep respect for our laws and Constitution.”
In 2010, Kelly’s son was killed in an Afghanistan mission.
Furthermore, he is the third retired general to be pulled in Trump’s team, alongside Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the incoming national security adviser, and Gen. James Mattis, as the head of Secretary of Defense.
According to Newt Gingrich, Kelly is the “perfect” candidate for the job.
General John Kelly will be a tremendous leader at Homeland Security. His leadership of the Southern Command was the perfect preparation.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 12, 2016
“General John Kelly will be a tremendous leader at Homeland Security.” Gingrich wrote. “His leadership of the Southern Command was the perfect preparation.”