By Steve Neavling
President Trump plans to name Chad Wolf as the next acting Homeland Security secretary, Politico reports.
Wolf, the acting undersecretary for strategy at Homeland Security and former chief of staff to then-Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, would replace Kevin McAleenan, who was scheduled to resign Thursday but agreed to stay on to create a smooth transition in leadership.
That would make Wolf the fifth Homeland Security secretary in less than three years under Trump.
The White House was trying to find a loophole in a federal law to appoint immigration hardliner Ken Cuccinelli. But Republican senators warned the president against making the appointment.
Officials told Politico that Trump has some concerns about Wolf, including that he’s not strong enough on immigration. But Wolf was involved in the migrant family separation policy at the border.
Still, a senior administration official told Politico that Wolf would be “an outstanding pick by the President.”
“Chad is uniquely qualified to lead the Department and he’s widely respected within DHS and the interagency community for his experience and vision,” the official said.