Kirstjen Nielsen out as Trump homeland security secretary

Kirstjen Nielsen's abrupt departure as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) comes as President Trump seeks to steer his administration towards a "tougher" approach on immigration to confront a surge in migrant families heading to the U.S.

In the same thread, Mr. Trump announced U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, a well-liked, experienced border official, will become the acting head of the department.

While Nielsen regained some support from the racist-in-chief by caging and tear-gassing Latino migrants, ultimately her refusal to violate existing law or to shut down the border, which would cause economic chaos, proved her undoing. Most recently, Mr. Trump had been asking Ms. Nielsen to close the borders and prevent people from seeking asylum. During the government shutdown over Trump's insistence for funding for a border wall, Nielsen's standing inside the White House even appeared to rise.

He said in a statement, however, that she should not serve as a scapegoat, blasting Trump for "terrible and cruel policies".

Suebsaeng cites "a former senior Trump administration official who has been in the room with both [Nielsen and Miller] numerous times" to relate the absolute juiciest description you'll read this week.

"I've had conversations with Republican colleagues over the previous year or so who swear that she was reluctant to impose some of President Trump's most egregious policies".

Trump nominated Nielsen for the secretary of Homeland Security position in October 2017, and the Senate confirmed the nomination two months later.

Her resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, had not a whiff of controversy unlike others who have left from the administration. The announcement of her departure came shortly after the meeting.

Nielsen was on the job for roughly a year-and-a-half, replacing retired U.S. Marine Corps general John Kelly - who resigned to become Trump's chief of staff.

Sources have said Nielsen has been on thin ice before.

Nielsen oversaw a "zero tolerance" prosecution policy that led to the separation of thousands of parents and children, and launched a policy to return asylum seekers to Mexico until their claims are heard. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has held his post since January, following John Kelly's resignation previous year.

The president announced Nielsen's resignation on Twitter before she had the chance.

Kirstjen Nielsen is out as Homeland Security secretary and, for now at least, Kevin McAleenan is in.

Nielsen said the responsibilities of this sprawling, multi-faceted agency - formed in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks - are "vast and have never been more vital", and that it was "the honor of a lifetime to serve with the fearless men and women" of DHS.

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