WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest official to lead the Department of Homeland Security has been sworn in and has named as his deputy a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies who had been in the running for the top job himself.
Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, the fifth person to head the agency under Trump, won Senate approval Wednesday as undersecretary for policy, the job for which he was nominated months ago. That confirmation allowed Wolf to move up to secretary on a temporary basis.
Wolf was chief staff when Kirstjen Nielsen ran the department, and he served under previous Republicans at DHS in other roles.
He replaces acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, who held that post for about six months. Wolf also announced Ken Cuccinelli, acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as his deputy.