Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly was confirmed as Donald Trump’s secretary of homeland security on Friday evening, soon after the inauguration of the new president.
Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election and cyber security took center stage at several confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees this past week, with lawmakers from both parties raising questions about the government’s efforts to counter aggression in cyber space.
Retired four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly faced questions about border security, counterterrorism efforts, and cyber attacks during his confirmation hearing to serve as secretary of homeland security in the administration of Donald Trump.
Donald Trump’s transition team formally announced on Monday that the president-elect had selected retired four-star Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security.
Critics have seized on what they describe as a troubling quote from a speech that retired Marine Gen. John Kelly delivered to honor American service members just four days after his son was killed fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Homeland Security has been warning for some time about Iranian influence along America’s southern border and in South America in another sign that the incoming administration is seeking to tackle the Islamic Republic’s terrorist footprint from its first days in office.