Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE April 7, 2019, 10:09 PM GMT By Alex Johnson Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving her position, President Donald Trump said on Twitter Sunday. Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, will become acting secretary pending confirmation of Nielsen's successor, Trump said. Nielsen's resignation was first reported by CBS News. As recently as last week, Nielsen was busily announcing plans to reassign hundreds of Customs and Border Protection agents to the southern border to "address the influx of migrants" in certain areas. But Nielsen, 46, has suffered from tepid support within the administration, taking public responsibility for Trump's deeply divisive anti-immigration policies. The president has reportedly expressed displeasure with her job performance. In November, The Washington Post quoted White … [Read more...] about Kirstjen Nielsen leaving position as homeland security secretary, Trump says
Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, put down her pen and headphones then stood and hugged the officials from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras she had just listened to, thanking them for their work on what she hailed as a “historic” pact to target unauthorized migration.Within hours, President Trump had accused the Northern Triangle countries of doing “nothing,” and threatened not to only cancel aid to all three, but to close the U.S.-Mexico border entirely.“We’re not paying them anymore because they haven’t done a thing for us,” Trump declared.For Nielsen, that incident last week was only the latest example of being publicly undercut by the president. Fifteen months into her tenure as head of the government’s third-largest department, Nielsen embodies a paradox: She has succeeded in holding onto her job, defying numerous reports that Trump had decided to fire her, but has done so by becoming the public face of … [Read more...] about Kirstjen Nielsen has hung on as Homeland Security secretary, but at what price?
Shortly after President Donald Trump returned last March from a visit to the San Diego border, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen found herself in a familiar place — saying no to her boss. Trump, who had just surveyed border wall prototypes, wanted to expedite the bidding process and even negotiate some of the contracts himself. Why, he demanded to know in an Oval Office meeting with Nielsen and other officials, couldn’t they make that happen, according to three people briefed on the conversation. “He would get frustrated by the bureaucracy,” including the federal procurement process and land acquisition issues, recalled a former DHS official.Story Continued Below “He’s an executive who just wanted to do it immediately,” the former official explained. Nielsen had been here before. Early in her tenure, Trump would regularly dial her cellphone in anger when DHS published monthly border apprehension numbers showing an uptick, often … [Read more...] about Kirstjen Nielsen digs in after surviving Trump’s wrath
Michelle Mark, provided by Published 1:02 pm CST, Friday, January 18, 2019 Associated Press/Susan Walsh A Democratic senator has asked the FBI to investigate whether Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen lied to Congress about the Trump administration's family separations. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon released an internal 2017 document showing that top Department of Homeland Security officials discussed several "policy options," including one that would "separate family units." Nielsen has denied that the Trump administration had a family-separation policy, saying that the only policy was to prosecute migrants for illegal entries and "uphold the laws that Congress has passed." In December 2018, Nielsen testified to Congress that "we have never had a policy for family separation." Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon announced Friday he had formally requested that the FBI investigate Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, accusing her of lying to Congress about the … [Read more...] about A Democratic senator is asking the FBI to investigate Kirstjen Nielsen, accusing her of committing perjury in sworn testimony about the family separations
A Democratic senator has asked the FBI to investigate whether Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen lied to Congress about the Trump administration’s family separations. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon released an internal 2017 document showing that top homeland security officials discussed several “policy options” including one that would “separate family units.” Nielsen has denied that the Trump administration had a family separation policy, arguing that the only policy was to prosecute migrants for illegal entries and “uphold the laws that Congress has passed.” In December 2018, Nielsen testified to Congress that “we have never had a policy for family separation.” Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon announced Friday he had formally requested the FBI investigate Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, accusing her of lying to Congress about the Trump administration’s family separations. On Thursday, Merkley released … [Read more...] about A Democratic senator is asking the FBI to investigate Kirstjen Nielsen, accusing her of perjuring herself in sworn testimony about the family separations