President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he will nominate Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, to serve as DHS secretary on a full-time basis, NPR reported.
Trump announced his intention in a tweet posted Tuesday.
"Honored to be nominated by @POTUS to lead the men & women of DHS in safeguarding the American people," Wolf wrote in a tweet following the president’s announcement. "As the Homeland faces evolving threats from natural disasters, violent opportunists, malign cyber actors & transnational criminal orgs, the mission of DHS is as critical as ever."
The president’s announcement came weeks after the Government Accountability Office said that Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli, a senior official performing the duties of deputy secretary at DHS, were not legitimately appointed to their positions.
Wolf, who was confirmed by the Senate last year as undersecretary for strategy, policy and plans at DHS, assumed the role of acting secretary of the department in November 2019. He previously served as chief of staff at DHS and the Transportation Security Administration.