Trump says acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan is stepping down

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan steps down

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan steps down

President Donald Trump has said Kevin McAleenan is out as the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He quickly found himself hounded by the media and Democrats, both opposed to Trump's policies on immigration and securing the southern U.S. border.

The president said on Twitter that Mr McAleenan has done an outstanding job and border crossings are down.

President Trump tours a section of the southern border wall, in Otay Mesa, Calif., with acting Homeland Secretary Kevin McAleenan on September 18, 2019.Trump announced October 11, 2019, that McAleenan is stepping down.

Formerly head of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), McAleenan stepped into the DHS job in April, after the surprise resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

McAleenan is the fourth person to fill the role since Trump began his presidency.

In fact, McAleenan's star had waned considerably within Trump's orbit of late. In a letter to Congress obtained by ABC News expressing "enthusiastic support" for McAleenan's nomination to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officials from both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations called McAleenan "supremely qualified".

Despite the praise, Trump never formally nominated McAleenan to run the agency. But in an interview with The Washington Post last week, he complained about the "tone, the message, the public face and approach" of the nation's immigration policy. "That's uncomfortable, as the accountable, senior figure".

In a statement, McAleenan said during his six-month tenure DHS had "made tremendous progress mitigating the border security and humanitarian crisis we faced this year". He had largely avoided the president's ire because the numbers had gone down, officials said.

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