President Donald Trump has decided to replace Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the coming weeks after becoming increasingly frustrated with her performance on immigration enforcement.
"Trump canceled a planned trip with Nielsen this week to visit U.S. troops at the border in South Texas and told aides over the weekend he wants her out as soon as possible," The Washington Post reported, citing five current and former White House officials. "The president has grumbled for months about what he views as Nielsen’s lackluster performance on immigration enforcement and is believed to be looking for a replacement who will implement his policy ideas with more alacrity."
Trump has been dissatisfied with Nielsen's performance dating back for months, most notably slamming her during a 30-minute meeting in May after the number of illegal aliens entering the U.S. through the Southern Border soared for the second consecutive month.
"Why don’t you have solutions? How is this still happening?" Trump demanded to know during the May meeting, later adding, "We need to shut it down. We’re closed."
Sources within the department have said that Trump will need to nominate a candidate with executive branch experience in order to make the department run more smoothly. The next nominee will be President Trump's fourth Secretary of Homeland Security since taking office in January of 2017.
Our Southern Border is under siege. Congress must act now to change our weak and ineffective immigration laws. Must build a Wall. Mexico, which has a massive crime problem, is doing little to help!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2018