TSA Chief To Fill A Top Role At DHS In Agency Shakeup

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Published on April 11, 2019 - Duration: 01:14s

TSA Chief To Fill A Top Role At DHS In Agency Shakeup

The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that TSA chief David Pekoske will temporarily serve as deputy DHS secretary.

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TSA Chief To Fill A Top Role At DHS In Agency Shakeup

There's yet another staffing change at the Department of Homeland Security.  Transportation Security Administration  chief David Pekoske will now serve as deputy DHS secretary on a temporary basis,  the department announced  Thursday.  It's part of a shakeup at DHS that started with former secretary  Kirstjen Nielsen  announcing her resignation on Sunday.  Two days later, Nielsen's acting deputy secretary,  Claire Grady , said she'd be resigning.

That led to Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, filling Grady's spot.  In addition to that, Secret Service Director  Randolph "Tex" Alles  is also stepping down.

And last week,  President Donald Trump announced  he was withdrawing his nominee to head up ICE, Ron Vitiello.

Vitiello was the acting director of ICE, but he's  since said  he's leaving his current position.  The turnover comes as Trump administration officials deal with what they call an  immigration "crisis"  at the U.S.-Mexico border.

But President Trump has defended the leadership changes at the department.  "Well, I never said I'm cleaning house.

I don't know who came up with that expression.

We have a lot of great people over there," he said.

President Trump hasn't said who he'll tap to fill DHS's top two roles permanently.  Media outlets  are also reporting that two other agency officials are rumored to be leaving.  Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN . 

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