Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns as Homeland Security Secretary

  • 2019-04-07
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns as Homeland Security Secretary
 
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned after meeting with President Trump at the White House on Sunday.

According to Fox News:

President Trump announced Sunday afternoon that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen "will be leaving her position" after 16 months in the job.

Trump also announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will replace Nielsen as acting secretary, tweeting: "I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!"

 

Nielsen tweeted Sunday evening that she had submitted her resignation and added: "Its [sic] been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards." She included an image of a resignation letter to Trump in which she wrote: "Despite our progress in reforming homeland security for a new age, I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside."

 

In a subsequent tweet, Nielsen addressed "the brave and dedicated men and women of @DHSgov," saying she was "eternally grateful and proud of what you do each and everyday [sic] to protect our homeland".

McAleenan is reported to fit the new approach by President Trump of having a "tough cop" at the border while Nielsen's background in cybersecurity was a detriment to her fit as secretary.

 Source: TTN

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