President Donald Trump has introduced his nominee for homeland security secretary. If all moves according to plan, she will be taking up the position eventually replacing John F. Kelly who has been serving as the White House chief of staff. Trump said Nielsen's appointment would make her the first former DHS employee to run the entire agency.
"I know you will fulfill your duties with dedication, determination and resolve".
"There will be no on-the-job training for Kirstjen".
Nielsen is a close confidant of Kelly and an expert in national security policy.
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For instance, Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee was also among those that were being considered for the position. "Mr. President, if confirmed, it will be the highest honor of my life to again work with and support these remarkable public servants and to continue to serve all of the American people".
"She has won the universal respect of my entire cabinet and senior White House staff", said Trump. Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Las Vegas highlights Islamist terrorism is not America's greatest domestic threat MORE (D-Mo.), to "expedite the consideration of Ms. Nielsen's nomination". On Wednesday, some of them described Ms. Nielsen's promotion as a solution to a toxic personnel situation, while others fretted privately that her departure would create a void at the White House that would be hard to fill.
Though the White House confirmed her nomination, the president gave an on-camera announcement Thursday afternoon. Trump said Duke would remain at DHS as Nielsen's deputy. And DHS will play a crucial role in continued recovery efforts after a particularly brutal hurricane season that devastated parts of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.