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November 13, 2019

Chairman Thompson Statement on Appointment of Chad Wolf as Acting DHS Secretary

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on Chad Wolf being installed by President Trump as Acting Homeland Security Secretary, the fifth person to hold this position since 2017: 

“The President installing an Acting Homeland Security Secretary who lacks the necessary experience exemplifies the dysfunction that has plagued DHS since the first days of the Trump Administration. There are people in government who could help run the Department temporarily, but when the job requirements include being a yes-man to the President and having Stephen Miller’s stamp of approval, no one qualified wants the job. Since day one, the President has tried to run the Department out of the White House with disastrous results.  The seven months the Homeland Security Secretary position has remained vacant, and without a nominee, is far too long for a Department charged with keeping the country secure. DHS needs well-qualified, permanent, Senate-confirmed leadership as soon as possible.”

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