Trump names Gen. Kelly for Homeland boss

  • Trump names Gen. Kelly for Homeland boss

Trump names Gen. Kelly for Homeland boss

In the same testimony, Kelly warned against complacency toward the spread of human smugglers and drug traffickers in south and central America.

Perhaps Kelly's most visible role would be to help oversee Trump's signature campaign promise: a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants.

Kelly, 66, is a widely respected military officer who served for more than 40 years, and he is not expected to face difficulty winning Senate confirmation. In 2010, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly was killed in action in the Sangin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province.

In 2003, Mr Kelly became the first Marine colonel since 1951 to be promoted to brigadier general while in active combat in Iraq.

Kelly is the third general tapped for the highest levels of Trump's administration, along with retired Marine Gen. James Mattis at Defense and retired Army Lt. Gen Michael Flynn as Trump's national security adviser.

President-elect Donald Trump and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly met on November 20, 2016, at the Trump International Golf Club in New Jersey. As the head of Southern Command, he was often blunt about his need for more resources to fight the drug trade that sweeps into the USA from South America. 'General Mattis is the living embodiment of the Marine Corps motto: semper fidelis - always faithful, ' Trump said.

Kelly questioned the Pentagon's decision to allow women to serve in combat, and differed publicly with President Barack Obama over the Democrat's attempt to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. "Believe me", Trump said in 2015. He is the most senior military officer to lose a child in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. David Petraeus has also been openly considered by Trump to be his secretary of state.

"We have a right to protect our borders, whether they're seaward, coastlines, or land borders", Kelly told Military Times earlier this year.

"The security policies President-elect Trump has previously proposed, including creating a Muslim registry and blocking Syrian refugees from entering the country, fly in the face of this country's obligations under global and USA law".