President Donald Trump is eyeing Energy Secretary Rick Perry as Kirstjen Nielsen’s replacement for Homeland Security Secretary, reports Washington Post journalist Robert Costa.
“Per two Republicans involved in discussions, Sec. Rick Perry is being eyed for DHS. (Virginia Attorney General) Ken Cuccinelli also on WH radar for DHS, has boosters on right in Congress. (Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris) Kobach and (former Florida Attorney General Pam) Bondi have had their names mentioned, but seen as unlikely.
“Perry is seen as the easiest to confirm for the job by top Rs and WH officials but not clear yet he’s take the post, based on my convos with sources,” he added.
Trump announced Nielsen’s resignation early Sunday evening.
"Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service .... I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!"
Costa also reports that the White House started looking at possible successors weeks ago “as it became clear she’d leave soon, even as Nielsen repaired her relationship with POTUS on some fronts, per 2 Rs involved in discussions.”
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