REPORT: Trump Taps a Four-Star General to Lead Dept. of Homeland Security

Another key cabinet pick of President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly been made.

Four-star General John Kelly, who retired from the Marines earlier this year, has been picked by Trump to be the next Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary.

General Kelly, who joined the Marines in 1970, served three tours in Iraq. His final three years were spent leading the U.S. Southern Command and overseeing the Guantanamo Bay detention center. His son died in combat while serving in Afghanistan making General Kelly the most senior member of the military to lose a child in combat in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

The General Kelly announcement has not officially been made by Donald Trump. Sources within the transition team leaked the information on condition of anonymity, according to the AP.

On Tuesday evening, it was reported that Trump was likely to have General Kelly and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach leading DHS, though it was not known which one would be Secretary and which would be Deputy Secretary. With this unofficial announcement that General Kelly has been picked to lead DHS, if previous reports were correct Kobach would be Deputy Secretary.

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Jennifer Burke
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Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.

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