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Trump picks retired Gen. John Kelly to lead Homeland Security Department

Trump picks retired Gen. John Kelly to lead Homeland Security Department

Donald Trump picked John F. Kelly on Monday to lead the Homeland Security Department, putting an outspoken retired Marine general in charge of delivering Trump’s promised crackdown on illegal immigration.

Kelly, who lost a son in combat in Afghanistan, is the third recently retired general to join Trump’s Cabinet. Like the others, he clashed at times with the Obama administration.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kelly will be tasked with carrying out some of Trump’s most controversial campaign pledges, including building a wall along the border with Mexico, boosting deportations of immigrants in the country illegally and vetting visitors from Muslim-majority...

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