(CNN) – Kevin McAleenan, interim secretary of National Security since April and the fourth person to hold that position since Trump's presidency began, submitted his resignation to the White House on Friday, a source told CNN.
A source familiar with McAleenan's thinking tells CNN that the acting secretary felt that he had achieved everything he could, given today's political reality, specifically the improbability of any legislative immigration agreement occurring in an election year.
In addition, considering the number of undocumented immigrants detained or rejected at the border that fell for the fourth consecutive month – 52,546 in September, a 65% drop since May – the lack of crisis is deterring members of Congress from acting and engaging. McAleenan also has two young daughters and a wife he wants to spend more time with.RELATED
The announcement has been planned for weeks, sources close to McAleenan say, and it has nothing to do with the Ukrainian scandal in which Trump and other cabinet officials are currently entangled.
A source close to the process told CNN that White House officials tried to convince McAleenan not to resign.
Sources close to McAleenan insist that the decision has more to do with their feeling of having done everything they can do at work, as well as with the frustrations of someone who perceives that their work is not partisan and does so from the perspective of An officer of the law.
Trump tweeted about McAleenan's march. He wrote: “Kevin McAleenan has done an exceptional job as interim secretary of National Security (…) Kevin now, after many years in government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector. Congratulations Kevin, for a job well done! I will announce the new interim secretary next week. Many wonderful candidates! ”