President Trump Nominates Deputy Chief Of Staff To Lead DHS

Cheryl Sanders
October 13, 2017

The White House announced Wednesday that President Trump plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to coming to the White House, Nielsen was Kelly's Chief of Staff while he served as the department's Secretary. Mr. Kelly had drafted Ms. Nielsen to be his chief of staff at the Homeland Security department, and when the President chose him for the White House, he brought her as his No. 2.

"Kirstjen was integral to the progress we have made in controlling our borders, confronting gang violence, preparing for disasters and protecting aviation security", Trump said Thursday afternoon.

Though the White House confirmed her nomination, the president gave an on-camera announcement Thursday afternoon.

Johnson said he would work closely with the administration and the panel's ranking member, Sen.

Some people recounted Ms. Nielsen's advancement as an explanation to a noxious workforce circumstance while others perturbed discreetly that her digression would generate a void at the White House that will be laborious to fill.

Elaine Duke has been filling in as acting secretary in the meantime. She has reportedly acted as Kelly's enforcer as he has sought to impose order and discipline on a chaotic and disorganized West Wing.

Administration officials were optimistic the confirmation process would move fairly quickly, with senators voting to install Nielsen in the role within a month.

At a formal White House event to announce the nomination, Trump spoke highly of Nielsen and her "sterling reputation as a dedicated leader whose number one priority was the security of our citizens, not politics or ideology".

She also worked for the Transportation and Security Administration under former President George W. Bush.

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