President Donald Trump has said the United States is not a democracy and that he would never consider appointing someone to be his secretary of state, but he has not ruled out nominating retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as his pick for secretary of homeland security.
Trump said Thursday he will nominate Kelly to serve as his secretary.
Trump’s remarks came a day after the president said he would be willing to nominate former Gov.
Rick Perry, a Republican who served as U.N. ambassador under President George W. Bush.
Perry has said he doesn’t want to serve under Trump.
Kelly was nominated by President Donald J. Trump for secretary, Jan. 20, 2018.
Perry was confirmed to serve the Obama administration by the Senate in 2010, and he served as a deputy secretary of defense under President Barack Obama from 2015 to 2017.
Kelly was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to an American mother and Irish-born father.
He joined the Marine Corps as a petty officer in 1988.
The U.K. was an unlikely choice for Trump to pick his secretary, but it has a long history of political alliances with U.s. allies, including the U.k.
Independence Party, which he has called a “fantastic party.”
Trump also praised Kelly’s work as a combat veteran, saying, “General Kelly has been a true hero.”
Kelly served in Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo and as commander of U.n. peacekeeping troops in the former Yugoslavia.
The U.a.l. has said that it will consider whether to accept the nomination.
Kelly served as chief of staff to U.B.H. commander Gen. Tommy Franks, a former Marine who died in February, before Kelly retired.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday the president is “open to the idea” of nominating Kelly, but has not made a decision.
Kelly has previously said that he is open to serving in any Cabinet position.
“If he is nominated, he will serve as a very qualified and experienced person,” Sanders said.
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