DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned from her position as one of the nation’s top law enforcement officers on Monday.
President Donald Trump confirmed the resignation in a Monday tweet saying, “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service.”
Trump added that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become acting DHS chief.
….I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019
Nielsen made a short announcement Monday stressing the humanitarian crisis at the border and confirming that she is stepping down, CBS reported.
“I don’t have any new announcements. I just want to thank the president again for the tremendous opportunity to serve this country. I’m forever grateful and proud of the men and women of DHS who work so hard every day to execute their missions and support the homeland,” she said outside her Virginia home. “… As you know, DHS has a vast array of missions. I want to make sure that we execute them all with excellence through the transition. I share the president’s goal of securing the border.”
Nielsen tweeted late Sunday that she has “agreed to stay on as secretary through Wednesday, April 10th to assist with an orderly transition and ensure that key DHS missions are not impacted.” Her departure is a part of a massive DHS overhaul engineered and directed by top Trump adviser Stephen Miller, according to a senior U.S. official. It’s unclear whether Nielsen is deciding to leave voluntarily, or whether she has been pressured to resign.
On Sunday evening, Nielsen noted:
“This afternoon I submitted my resignation to @POTUS and thanked him for the opportunity to serve in his administration. It’s been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov,” Nielsen wrote in her resignation letter, which she tweeted Sunday evening. “I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards.”
Trump and Nielsen have often been at odds since she took over as DHS Secretary.
Democrats immediately jumped on Nielsen, lying about her record in the office.
CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, for one, said Nielsen will be known for putting kids in cages.
This is a lie, of course, The whole “caging” nonsense was done by Obama first, not Trump.
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