Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns as Homeland Security Secretary


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Kirstjen Nielsen has announced she is resigning her post as homeland security secretary, effective almost immediately.

“I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside,” Ms. Nielsen wrote in a copy of the resignation letter she shared via Twitter. “I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse.”

According to the New York Times, Ms. Nielsen’s resignation letter came at the request of the president, who reportedly wants the agency to adopt a “tougher” approach in dealing with the increasing numbers of migrants at the southern border.

In the post, shared via Twitter, Nielsen – who has had a tumultuous ride during her tenure as secretary – announced she would stay on as secretary through Wednesday to help “assist with an orderly transition.”

Normally, the Department of Homeland Security has a deputy secretary in place ready and able to take the reins should something like this happen. Since there is currently no deputy in place, President Trump has announced the current Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, will take over as the acting replacement for Nielsen.

President Trump also took to Twitter to share the cabinet shake-up, expressing his confidence that “Kevin will do a great job!”