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DHS Secretary John Kelly to Serve as New White House Chief of Staff

John Kelly

John Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has been tapped by the Trump administration to serve as the new White House chief of staff, The New York Times reported Friday.

Kelly, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, will succeed on Monday the departing Reince Priebus following a feud with Anthony Scaramucci, the White House’s new communications director.

Elaine Duke, who assumed duties as DHS’ deputy secretary in April, will take over as acting DHS secretary in a move that takes effect Monday, the department announced Friday.

Kelly’s appointment at the White House came six months after he assumed the DHS secretary post.

He has been known for implementing the Trump administration’s immigration policies since his appointment at DHS, the report noted.

Kelly previously served as head of the U.S. Southern Command and senior military assistant to the defense secretary during his 45 years in the military.

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