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July 28, 2017

Thompson Statement on Sudden DHS Secretary Vacancy

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the need for leadership at the Department of Homeland Security following the abrupt departure of Secretary John Kelly:

“Unfortunately, as with most major decisions in this Administration, it is clear that this was rushed and not well thought out. The President and Republicans insisted the DHS Secretary be confirmed on day one but now the President leaves this critical national security cabinet post vacant.  The timing could not be worse: the Senate is about to go into summer break and a new Secretary will not be confirmed until the fall at the earliest.  With the approval of the Senate, the President must now replace Secretary Kelly with someone who is experienced, measured, and understands that homeland security is not a partisan issue.”

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