US President Donald Trump likes to have acting ministers in his cabinet who can simply be appointed by him and then fired again. Following the departure of US Secretary of Defense Kevin McAleenan, he now plans to appoint Chad Wolf as provisional successor, Trump declared in the White House garden last night (local time).
This one is a „very nice“ and „very respected“ man, so Trump. Wolf had been appointed to the leadership of the Ministry in February. It was not immediately clear from when he would now move to the top. When asked if it was not problematic to have only executive ministers who did not have the full authority of a minister or minister approved by the Senate, Trump said, „I like acting. It gives you great flexibility. “
McAleenan had announced his departure in October. He had replaced provisional Minister of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen temporarily in April in the post. Wolf in turn had served Nielsen temporarily as chief of staff. Homeland Security was established in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The huge homeland security apparatus brings together many different government agencies. Overall, the ministry has about 240,000 employees.