Speaking to reporters on the White House's South Lawn, Trump was asked for the vacant post.
"Will Chad Wolf be your new DHS secretary?"
"Well, he's acting right now and we'll see what happens," Trump said. "We have great people there."
Asked about the president's comments, a Homeland Security spokesman told CNN that "McAllon is acting secretary. Wolf is the acting deputy secretary for politics, "which is Wolf's role at the moment.  A senior official familiar with the succession effort says Wolf is clearly the White House's preferred acting secretary, but no formal action has yet been taken to do so. McAleenan will remain in the chair for the time being and make a smooth transition, the official said.
Trump administration officials have been ashamed in recent days to find a legal way to keep two immigration hardliners that Trump prefers for work ̵
Kucinelli, the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, has long been rumored to be the Secretary of Homeland Security, but it seems that legitimate obstacles and resistance among Republican lawmakers keep him from taking up the job.
Wolf, a senior employee of the department, will take over the leadership of the third largest department in the federal government to oversee an expanding mission to include the US Secret Service, the Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Transportation Security Administration.
Wolf was formerly Chief of Staff to former Home Secretary Christen Nielsen. He was nominated by Trump in February to serve as deputy secretary of the Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans at DHS, a role he is currently playing. He is still awaiting Senate confirmation of the position.
During his Senate confirmation hearing on the undersecretary role, Wolf was confronted with questions about his role in the administration's zero-tolerance policy that led to the separation of thousands of children from their parents at the border.
When asked if there were concerns about politics at the time, Wolf said, "It was not my job to determine if it was the right or wrong policy. My job at the time was to ensure that the secretary had all the information. "
Wolf will be the fifth person to lead the Trump administration. It is unclear if the president intends to nominate a candidate for the role.