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Report: Trump Eyes TSA Chief David Pekoske for Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Role

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The Trump administration is expected to appoint David Pekoske, head of the Transportation Security Administration, as the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, CNN reported Wednesday.

Two administration officials revealed that Pekoske will succeed Claire Grady, who has served as interim DHS deputy secretary the last two years. Pekosko is a 33-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard who took the helm of TSA in August 2017.

Kirstjen Nielsen, the outgoing DHS secretary, announced Grady’s resignation in a news release published Tuesday. Grady’s departure came days after Nielsen stepped down as DHS secretary amid the president’s tougher stance on illegal immigration. Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection, will replace Nielsen as interim DHS secretary.