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Trump taps Retired General Kelly to lead Homeland Security: statement

Republican U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday formally announced Retired General John Kelly, a 45-year military veteran, as his choice to lead the Department Of Homeland Security.

Trump's transition team said in a statement that Kelly would "spearheadthe urgent mission of stopping illegalimmigrationand securing our borders" as well as streamline the Transportation Security Administration and improve ties between U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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