Trump has reportedly decided to fire Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — and it could come as soon as this week

https://www.businessinsider.com/kirstjen-nielsen-fired-soon-by-trump-report-2018-11


Kirstjen Nielsen
Department
of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks during the
daily briefing at the White House in Washington, June 18,
2018.

Susan
Walsh/AP


  • Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is
    reportedly being forced out of her position soon, sources said
    in a Washington Post report.
  • Nielsen’s departure is expected as soon as this week,
    The Post reported. The newspaper said Trump has told aides he
    wants her out of her role as soon as possible.
  • Nielsen served in her role for nearly one year, after
    replacing White House chief of staff John Kelly in December
    2017.
  • Nielsen’s role in the Trump administration was
    uncertain after she reportedly drafted a resignation letter in
    May.

After months of contention with President Donald Trump, Homeland
Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is reportedly being forced
out of her position soon, five current and former officials said
in a Washington Post
report
published
Monday.

Nielsen’s departure is reportedly expected as soon as this
week, The Post said. The newspaper reported that Trump told aides
he wants her out of her role as soon as possible. Nielsen served
in her role for nearly one year, after replacing White House
chief of staff John Kelly in December 2017.

Nielsen’s role in the Trump administration has been uncertain for
some time. She reportedly drafted a resignation letter in May.
Trump is believed to have
berated her
in front of other cabinet officials over his
belief that she did a poor job securing the US-Mexico border,
former officials said in a New York Times report.

Nielsen, who is the leading authority in curbing illegal
immigration, said she shared Trump’s frustration after news of
her alleged letter was made public. A Homeland Security
spokesperson later denied the claims of the alleged letter to
Business Insider.

Border security is the most basic and necessary
responsibility of a sovereign nation,” Nielsen’s statement said,
following the news of her letter.

Nielsen’s colleagues said she was unhappy in her role for
several months, and Trump has expressed interest in considering
candidates to replace her, The Post reported.

“If I were advising the White House I’d encourage them to
nominate someone with executive branch experience,” one senior
Homeland Security official said to The Post. “This will be our
fourth secretary in two years. The last thing we want is someone
who needs hand-holding.”

Nielsen previously worked as White House deputy chief of staff.
She also served with the Bush administration’s Homeland Security
Council.