“Kirstjen Nielsen Was Heartless, but Not Heartless Enough for Trump.”
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen offered her resignation Sunday, multiple news outlets report.
President Donald Trump announced the move in a Sunday evening tweet. “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service,” he said.
Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become acting Homeland Security secretary, Trump said.
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Nielsen’s abrupt departure comes as Trump continues to express his vexation over what he’s characterized as a crisis at the border. She tweeted later in the evening that she has “agreed to stay on as Secretary through Wednesday, April 10th to assist with an orderly transition and ensure that key DHS missions are not impacted.”
Top officials reportedly told Axios’ Jonathan Swan that Nielsen had been on shaky ground within the administration for at least six months – a circumstance largely related to increased immigration numbers being seen as evidence that her policies are ineffective.
While some liberal pundits celebrated the news, others were concerned about the effect it could have on future immigration policy, fearing Nielsen’s replacement could be even more hardline.
Possible replacements for Kirstjen Nielsen…
– Tomi Lahren
– Dean Cain
– An AR-15
– A Golden Swastika
– A Hefty bag full of shit (or Scott Baio)
– The curly hair gun girl wearing a beige leotard holding an AR-15
– A Papa Johns pizza
– Lou Dobbs
– Kid Rock
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 7, 2019
“Kirstjen Nielsen Was Heartless, but Not Heartless Enough for Trump,” read a headline in the left-leaning Daily Beast. “It is deeply alarming that the Trump Administration official who put children in cages is reportedly resigning because she is not extreme enough for the White House’s liking,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.
Several commenters expressed concerns about how Nielsen’s resignation would empower Stephen Miller, the White House senior policy advisor known for his tough stances on immigration. New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali warned Nielsen’s departure “is not to be celebrated” because it “means Trump and Miller are bringing in someone MORE extreme than her.”
A senior U.S. official told CBS News that Nielsen’s departure is part of a broader effort by Miller to revamp D.H.S. The New York Times reported Sunday that Trump and Miller privately blamed Nielsen for the migrant surge at the border.
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