Homeland Security Chief Nearly Resigned This Week

Homeland Security Chief Nearly Resigned This Week

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is pushing back against a report that she told colleagues she was close to resigning Wednesday after President Donald Trump scolded her at a Cabinet meeting.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman denied specific details of the report, including that she had already drafted a resignation letter, and that she was close to resigning.

Some cabinet members noted that the United States relies on the labor of workers who cross the border each day, which Trump did acknowledge - but then continued to rant about the issue, repeatedly berating Nielsen for failing to stem the tide of immigrants, the Times reports. He also went off on other cabinet officials who missed his expectations on stemming the flow of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., one source who attended the meeting said.

In response to The Times report, DHS spokesperson Tyler Q. Houlton, said in a tweet the entire story is "false".

"I share his frustration", she added. "We're a rustic of legal guidelines and the president and his administration will implement them". As the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Nielsen is in charge of the 20,000 border agents who work for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


When requested in regards to the episode, White Home press secretary Sarah Sanders instructed ABC Information in a press release: "The president is dedicated to fixing our damaged immigration system and our porous borders".

"The president is rightly annoyed that present loopholes and the dearth of Congressional motion have prevented this administration from absolutely securing the border and defending the American individuals".

One person familiar with the meeting told The Times that Trump's explosion was part of a rant about the lack of progress he feels the US has made erecting his border wall and stopping undocumented immigrants from entering the country.

Illegal border crossings are up in 2018, after record lows previous year.

Trump reportedly railed against Nielsen on Wednesday, saying that she failed to adequately secure the USA border.

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