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Kirstjen Nielsen Announces Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Has Offered POTUS Her Resignation

Outgoing DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced on Twitter tonight that Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Claire Grady has offered her resignation to President Donald Trump.

“She has been an invaluable asset to DHS – a steady force and a knowledgeable voice,” Nielsen tweeted. “I am thankful for Claire’s expertise, dedication & friendship & am filled w gratitude for her exemplary service to DHS & to our country. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

After news broke Sunday of Nielsen’s departure, House Homeland Security Committee chair Bennie Thompson sent a letter to the president saying he should follow the law, let Grady serve as acting secretary, then nominate his own replacement.

Trump has announced that current CPB commissioner Kevin McAleenan is his pick for Acting DHS Secretary:

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the White House was pressuring Grady to resign:

In an effort to ensure Mr. Trump’s preferred official—Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan—takes control of the department, White House officials are pushing the acting deputy secretary, Claire Grady, to resign, according to people familiar with the matter. If Ms. Grady is still serving in that role when Ms. Nielsen officially steps down on Wednesday, a federal statute would require her to be named acting secretary, instead of Mr. McAleenan.

Ms. Grady has told associates she doesn’t want to leave, one of the people said. The White House could fire her or move her to another post in the agency. An administration official said Ms. Grady wasn’t qualified to be secretary and that Mr. McAleenan was far better equipped to oversee immigration policy and other matters.

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