THE BLOG
01/18/2017 06:03 pm ET Updated Jan 19, 2018

General John Kelly For Department Of Homeland Security

The number one job of the federal government is to keep its citizens safe. That's why the person running the Department of Homeland Security needs to be somebody who understands what it takes to make our enemies think twice about trying anything dangerous against us.

That man is General John Kelly.

Not only is Kelly a 45-year Marine whose impeccable credentials made him a four-star general, he's also a man who understands the real threat. Much like President-elect Trump, General Kelly sees the Southern border as our Achilles heel and the easiest way for those wishing to do us harm to get into this country and perpetrate an attack. With Kelly at the helm, the border will be made secure and that threat will be destroyed.

General Kelly has also shown the kind of guts the position of running the DHS demands. He strongly opposed President Obama's statements about closing the detention camps at Guantanamo Bay, realizing that having so many suspected terrorists hellbent on destroying the United States roaming free would pose a grave problem. He ruled Gitmo with an iron fist and ensured that it served its intended purpose.

And make no mistake, General Kelly will also stand up to President-elect Trump if he feels has to.

Back in January, the General told the Military Times, "The one thing I was always told is you absolutely have to tell truth to power ... the decision makers have got to have ground truth," adding that, "Otherwise, the decisions they make could be flawed -- and that can be dangerous."

That's exactly the kind of man we need at DHS. He realizes the top priority is, was, and should always be, the well-being of the American people. If he sees mistakes being made, he will say so, regardless of potential career consequences.

This isn't a game to General Kelly. He has devoted his entire life to serving this nation. His own son was killed in Afghanistan following in his father's footsteps. There will be no capitulation to our enemies and no flowery language, either. The job will get done and it will get done right or there will be hell to pay.

Once again, President-elect Trump has done a terrific job of finding the right person to lead a very important department. As he has shown us for decades in the business world, that's what he does best: puts the right people in the right places. With fearless and tireless men like General Kelly and General Mattis in charge of two of our nation's most important national security agencies, we, the American people, can sleep well at night knowing we are being well protected.

A new era is upon us. Come January 20, those who oppose America are going to find out very quickly that the days of weakness and appeasement are over. America is going to be strong again. America is going to be safe again. And most importantly, America is going to be great again.