Trump announces Nielsen as Homeland Security nominee

13 October, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Benny Bass

President Trump said on Wednesday that he meant to name Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead the Department of Homeland Security, elevating a former homeland security official in the George W. Bush administration who has lately worked to impose order in Mr. Trump's chaotic West Wing. That's according to information which came from the White House Wednesday.

Nielsen, who now serves a Chief of Staff John Kelly's deputy, will likely be approved by the upper chamber.

"She's a total homeland security expert - absolutely has no learning curve", said Michael Allen, who worked with Ms. Nielsen during the Bush administration.

Nielsen is now the White House principal deputy chief of staff.

"I share the president's profound commitment to the security of our country and the safety of the American people", Nielsen said during the ceremony.

Mr. Kelly is one of the top officials who have been advocating for her selection for quite some time.

The trust Kelly has in Nielsen will be crucial because, if confirmed, she'll have plenty on her plate. "I look forward to working closely with the Administration and Ranking Member McCaskill to expedite the consideration of Ms. Nielsen's nomination and help make America safer and more secure".

But Nielsen has also been the subject of scrutiny over her current role at the White House.

Though the White House confirmed her nomination, the president gave an on-camera announcement Thursday afternoon.

Elaine Duke has been serving as acting DHS secretary since Kelly departed the agency for the White House in July. Duke recently got into some controversy when she said that the hurricane response effort in Puerto Rico was a "good news story".



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