Obama nominates Jeh Johnson for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

U.S. President Barack Obama introduced Jeh Johnson as his nominee for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in a prepared statement at the White House on Monday.

Obama said addressing the challenges of the entire nation is a difficult task, but he is thankful for the dedicated men and women who accept the challenge to strengthen American borders, respond to natural disasters and ensure the safety of the American people.

"Addressing any one of these challenges is a tall order," Obama said. "Addressing all of them at once is a monumental task. But that's what the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security do every day. And today I'm proud to announce my choice to lead them--an outstanding public servant who I've known and trusted for years--Mr. Jeh Johnson."

Obama thanked former Secretary Janet Napolitano for her service to the Department of Homeland Security and gave his blessing to Johnson, saying he entrusted Johnson with the task of Secretary for his dedication to uphold the values that founded America.

"I'm confident that I could not make a better choice in Jeh, somebody who I'm confident is going to be moving not just the agency forward, but helping to move the country forward," Obama said.

Johnson said he considers it an honor to serve his country and is thankful for the opportunity to do so as Secretary to the DHS.

"Thank you for the tremendous honor of this nomination and the trust you have placed in me to carry out this large and important responsibility as Secretary of Homeland Security," Johnson said. "I love this country. I care about the safety of our people. I believe in public service. And I remain loyal to you, Mr. President. If confirmed by the Senate, I promise all of my energy, focus, and ability toward the task of safeguarding our nation's national and homeland security."