As the Trump administration continues their push to further secure out border, the President himself is making some enormous moves in the Department of Homeland Security.
Kirstjen Nielsen, DHS Secretary has resigned in a sudden and shocking move to American political observers. Within Washington, however, this move was seen from miles away, as President Trump had long grown tired of Nielsen’s policies.
Nielsen was viewed as resistant to some of the harshest immigration measures supported by the president and his aides, particularly senior adviser Stephen Miller, both around the border and on other matters like protected status for some refugees. A senior administration official told Fox News Sunday that National Security Adviser John Bolton long felt that Nielsen was not the right person for the job and opposed her policy of using United Nations organizations to try to stem the flow of illegal migrants.
The official added that Bolton and Kelly had a heated disagreement over Nielsen’s approach during an October 2018 policy meeting, after which Bolton went to Trump to protest what Nielsen was doing.
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Nielsen was almost certain of her ouster as early as last November, according to reports.
Her replacement will be Kevin McAleenan for the time being; a move praised by President Trump.
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!”
President Trump has long been tough on border security, and Nielsen’s departure seems to indicate that the administration will be even more vigilant in the days to come.
Trump also adjusted his nomination of Ron Vitiello to head Customs and Border Protection, citing a need for a “tougher direction”.
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