Trump to name new Homeland Security secretary

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2017

According to Politico, White House aides recognize Nielsen for her no-nonsense approach, apparently in stark contrast to the way former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus handled things.

President Donald Trump reportedly plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, a longtime aide to chief of staff John Kelly, to head the Department of Homeland Security.

One former Homeland Security official, who asked for anonymity so that the person could speak candidly, says the pick is a controversial one, and that people at the department are already speaking about leaving if the nomination moves forward.

Five sources told Politico that President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Nielsen, now the White House's Principal Deputy Chief of Staff, as soon as Wednesday.

Nielsen is now the White House principal deputy chief of staff. She now serves as deputy White House chief of staff.

The White House said Nielsen has "extensive professional experience in the areas of homeland security policy and strategy, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure and emergency management".

The president has also been suffering from an understocked administration while deputy security positions remain unfilled in other departments and Health and Human Services remains without a permanent nominee, although Trump announced Tuesday night that Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan would serve as acting secretary for the time being. She previously worked as a special assistant to George W. Bush and for the Transportation Security Administration.

Former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge - the first person to ever hold the position, which President George W. Bush created in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks - praised Nielsen in a statement, calling her a "homeland security veteran" who is "extremely well versed" in the threats facing the U.S.

"[Nielsen] would be the first person to run the department who has actually worked there", a person close to the administration told Politico.

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