Trump Announces Kirstjen Nielsen is Out as Homeland Security Secretary


Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is out, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Sunday.

“Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service,” the president wrote. “I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary.”

A senior White House official told Axios’s Jonathan Swan that Trump wasn’t satisfied with Nielsen, and asked for her resignation.

According to a CBS News report, Nielsen’s departure comes amidst clashes on policy with the president, and as part of a “massive overhaul” of DHS “engineered and directed” by Stephen Miller, a top Trump adviser and immigration hardliner.

“It’s unclear whether Nielsen is deciding to leave voluntarily, or whether she has been pressured to resign,” CBS News reported, though Trump in recent weeks has expressed a desire to get “tougher” on immigration.

CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond obtained Nielsen’s resignation letter:

Earlier on Sunday, CBS News justice correspondent Paula Reid reported that according to two U.S. officials, Nielsen was set to meet with the president at 5 p.m., and was expected to resign.

Politico’s Eliana Johnson confirmed Nielsen was meeting with the president in the White House residence:

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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