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Temporary DHS Chief Likely to Remain at DHS

Temporary DHS Chief Likely to Remain at DHS
Acting Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke speaks at a news conference during her Sept. 29, 2017 visit to Puerto Rico.  (Luis Alonso Lugo/AP)

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Trump administration sources told Newsmax acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will likely be named permanent head of DHS.

The annoncement came on the heels of the omnibus wish list of proposals for a much more aggressive policy of immigration. The White House unveiled the list on Oct. 9. The package included the building of the wall along the Mexican border long promised by President Trump, the ending of “sanctuary cities” that harbor illegal immigrants, and the hiring of an additional 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and 300 new federal prosecutors.

Duke, 59, has been running DHS in an acting capacity since July 31, when the then-secretary, Gen. John Kelly assumed the position of White House chief of staff.

Gen. Kelly reportedly is a big booster of Duke, formerly his Deputy Secretary, succeeding him. Moreover, sources say, the President himself has a good relationship with Duke.

When previously asked by Newsmax whether Duke would soon be nominated for the permanent secretaryship, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders replied: “I'm not going to get ahead of any announcement that the president may make about a permanent person. But I will say that acting Secretary Duke is very competent and has managed the Department of Homeland Security very well in a very tough and trying time, given the hurricane season that we've had. We certainly have not wanted to make big shifts in leadership during this time and while there's so much going on there.”

Regarding when an announcement about a permanent secretary would be made, Sanders said: “In terms of a timetable, we'll keep you posted when we have an announcement on that front.”

A veteran of 28 years in the federal government, Duke served as undersecretary of Homeland Security for Management under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2008-10. She ran her own management consulting business before rejoining DHS in January as deputy secretary.

Last week, the acting Homeland Security secretary was sharply criticized by San Juan (Puerto Rico) Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz for calling the government response to Hurricane Maria “a good news story.” Duke promptly jetted to Puerto Rico, met with critical local officials, and declared, “There’s much more work to do and we will never be satisfied.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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