Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen Nearly Resigns After Trump Blow Up

Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen Nearly Resigns After Trump Blow Up

Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen Nearly Resigns After Trump Blow Up

Questions were raised about Nielsen's tenure after the New York Times reported that she had considered resigning after Trump criticized her at a meeting on Wednesday for what he said was her failure to secure us borders. "The Secretary is hard at work today on the President's security-focused agenda and supporting the men and women of @DHSgov", Houlton wrote.

The Times report claimed that she was "miserable" in her job according to a "person close to Ms. Nielsen". Another report from Politico noted that Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with Nielsen, and the knives may be coming out for her.

She added that there was some credence to Trump's frustration, citing "loopholes" and "lack of congressional inaction" that have prevented tougher border laws. "I share his frustration", Nielsen said in a statement.

A lingering belief that Trump has reportedly held onto was that Nielsen was resisting his idea of separating children from their families when they cross the US-Mexico border illegally.

Sources told the Times Nielsen even drafted a letter of resignation but hasn't submitted it.

Immigration is an important policy point of the Trump administration, and attempted illegal border crossings have been rising in recent months.

Administration officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide a candid account of the private meeting.

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He also went off on other cabinet officials who missed his expectations on stemming the flow of undocumented immigrants in the US.

The president's eruption was witnessed by Cabinet members plus a number of senior White House officials - including counselor Kellyanne Conway, advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, immigration adviser Stephen Miller and chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

Nielsen, the report said, viewed Trump's "rant as directed mostly at her and told associates after the meeting that she should not continue in the job if the president did not view her as effective".

While border apprehensions dipped past year to their lowest levels ever, the numbers have been ticking up in recent months, returning to more typical historical levels. Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment.

A recent target of the president has been a migrant caravan traveling from South America to the US border. "Border security is the most basic and necessary responsibility of a sovereign nation".

Current U.S. immigration and asylum laws allow foreign nationals passing through Mexico to arrive at the southern border and claim credible fear.

Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had to explain to Trump that he didn't have the power to completely shut down the border.

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