Kirstjen Nielsen resigns as DHS Secretary

Kirstjen Nielsen resigns as DHS Secretary

Nielsen was scheduled to meet with the president at 5 p.m.in the White House residence about border security, but sources told ABC News that the meeting turned into a discussion about Nielsen's future.

He gave no details on why she is stepping down.

In recent days, Mr. Trump has threatened to shut down the U.S. -Mexico border or slap tariffs on cars made in Mexico coming into the U.S. if Mexico and Congress don't fix the situation at the border.

President Donald Trump said Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, will serve as acting secretary. "I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!" he continued on another threaded tweet.

She's been increasingly on thin ice in the eyes of the President.


McAleenan said Border Patrol is unable to secure the border, with nearly 40 percent of its resources being diverted to deal with the large groups of Central Americans.

That said, she was prepared to be fired at any moment, but did not know going into Sunday's meeting it would be imminent.

In a tweet late Sunday, Nielsen said that she would stay on until Wednesday.

In an interview previous year, Nielsen also talked about Trump's comments regarding the 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, VA, that left one woman dead. Nielsen faced more public pressure after the Trump administration enacted a policy of family separation that resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents, which the president ultimately reversed. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has held his post since January, following John Kelly's resignation previous year.

She said that she did "imagine that is the case". When Kelly moved to the White House as Trump's chief of staff in July 2017, Nielsen went with him as his deputy.


"Hampered by misstep after misstep, Kirstjen Nielsen's tenure at the Department of Homeland Security was a disaster from the start".

She led the federal agency since December 2017, and was this administration's third Homeland Security secretary.

Her resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, had not a whiff of controversy unlike others who have left from the administration.

She rose through the Trump ranks quickly - joining the transition team after the election to help guide Kelly through the confirmation process. If it's a bad policy, then change it.

The news follows an emergency conference call with members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet last Tuesday evening to discuss migration at the southern border.


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