Trump choices ineligible for top DHS post

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Acting Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ken Cuccinelli pauses while speaking during a naturalization ceremony inside the National September 11 Memorial Museum on July 2, 2019 in New York City. 52 new U.S. citizens attended the Tuesday morning ceremony. USCIS is marking the Independence Day holiday by welcoming over 7,000 new citizens in 170 naturalization ceremonies across the country from July 1 through July 5. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan talks to reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House October 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) ⁠— The Trump administration is yet again seeking someone to fill the top post at the Department of Homeland Security.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the president’s top two favorites for the post are not eligible.

Reportedly, neither immigration hardliner Ken Cuccinelli nor Customs and Border Protection Chief Mark Morgan are eligible to succeed Kevin McAleenan as acting Homeland Security secretary.

The White House’s personnel director says that’s because they had not served at least ninety days under the last senate-confirmed Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen.

It’s not immediately clear who Trump would tap to replace McAleenan on an acting basis when he leaves his post, expected to be at the end of this month.

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