Jeh Johnson is designated survivor for inauguration

Jeh Johnson is designated survivor for inauguration
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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was picked as the “designated survivor” for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE’s presidential inauguration, the White House said Friday. 

Johnson will not attend the inaugural ceremonies at the Capitol and would become the next president if disaster were to strike. 

The 59-year-old became the leader of the Department of Homeland Security in 2013 under President Obama.

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His chosen successor, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, has not yet been confirmed by the Senate.  

Johnson will watch the ceremonies under law enforcement protection from an undisclosed location.