Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen doesn't directly deny resignation report

Posted May 12, 2018

A White House source, who requested to be anonymous, confirmed the incident and said the argument was "heated and angry".

President Donald Trump berated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a dispiriting Cabinet meeting on immigration Wednesday, according to three administration officials, but her colleagues denied reports that she has threatened to quit.

Details of the meeting were first reported Thursday by the New York Times. While doing so, he got furious at Nielsen and blamed her for not introducing enough measures to stop border crossings.

The data reveals the extent to which the nation's asylum laws have been used by foreign nationals to enter the US, just as DHS Secretary Nielsen begged asylum-seekers to use the ports of entry to come to the country, as Breitbart News reported. However, Trump remained unconvinced.

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Still, Nielsen drafted a resignation letter earlier this week but did not submit it, according to a source.

Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, disputed that Nielsen had drafted a resignation letter and was close to resigning, calling those assertions "false".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "The President is committed to fixing our broken immigration system and our porous borders".

A caravan of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico seized the president's attention this spring, and in the weeks that followed he frequently asked Homeland Security for updates, administration officials said. Another report from Politico noted that Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with Nielsen, and the knives may be coming out for her. "I share his frustration", she said.

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Trump has also been frustrated with Congress's refusal to fully fund his promised border wall along the nation's southern border, and some in the administration had accused DHS leaders of slow-walking more aggressive efforts to separate children from their parents at the border. "These are complex issues and I will continue to direct the Department to do all we can to implement the President's security-focused agenda".

Nielsen, who was chief of staff for John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, oversees the 20,000 employees who work for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman poured cold water on a report claiming its chief nearly resigned after an angry outburst by President Trump. Must pass tough laws and build the WALL. According to the Times, the president had viewed Nielsen and other D.H.S. officials as resistant to the family-separation policy, but the West Wing ultimately won out.

In Sept. 2017, the president openly expressed disdain over Sessions' decision to recuse himself from all investigations relating to Russian Federation and even said he would have chosen another person for the job had he known Sessions would make that decision.

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