President Donald Trump has nominated Kirstjen Nielsen to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. “There is nothing more valuable than to feel safe in your own country,” Nielsen says. Here’s what you should know:
Nielsen would become the second woman confirmed to serve as homeland security secretary, if the Senate approves. She was chief of staff for then-DHS Secretary John Kelly — he’s now Trump’s chief of staff at the White House. Nielsen is the first DHS nominee to have actually worked there before.
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President Donald Trump has nominated Kirstjen Nielsen to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. “There is nothing more valuable than to feel safe in your own country,” Nielsen says.
Here’s what you should know:
Nielsen would become the second woman confirmed to serve as homeland security secretary, if the Senate approves.
She was chief of staff for then-DHS Secretary John Kelly — he’s now Trump’s chief of staff at the White House.
Nielsen is the first DHS nominee to have actually worked there before.
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7 days ago
“I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling” (Pt 2)
Speculation about #JohnKelly’s future increased after Politico reported that Kelly’s deputy #KirstjenNielsen is likely to be named #HomelandSecurity Secretary, the theory among some Republicans is that Kelly wanted to give her a soft landing before his departure.
One former official even speculated that Kelly and Secretary of Defense #JamesMattis discussed what they would do in the event #Trump ordered a #nuclear#firststrike. “Would they tackle him?” the person said. Even Trump’s most loyal backers are sowing public doubts. The Washington Post quoted longtime Trump friend #TomBarrack saying he has been “shocked” and “stunned” by Trump’s behavior.
While Kelly can’t control Trump’s #tweets, he's doing his best to physically sequester the president, much to Trump’s frustration. One major #GOP donor said access to Trump has been cut off, and his outside calls to the #WhiteHouse switchboard aren’t put through to the #OvalOffice. Kelly has plans to prevent Trump from mingling with guests at #MaraLago later this month. And, according to two sources, #KeithSchiller quit last month after Kelly told Schiller he needed permission to speak to the president and wanted written reports of their conversations.
The White House denies these accounts. “The President’s mood is good and his outlook on the agenda is very positive,” an official said.
#WestWing aides have also worried about Trump’s public appearances, one Trump adviser said. The adviser said aides were relieved when Trump declined to agree to appear on the season premiere of #60Minutes last month. “He’s lost a step. They don’t want him doing adversarial TV interviews,” the adviser explained. Instead, Trump sat down for friendly conversations with #SeanHannity and #MikeHuckabee, whose daughter is Trump’s press secretary. (The White House official says the 60 Minutes interview is being rescheduled.)
(Go to Pt 3)
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Today 10/12 at 2:30 pm #DonaldJTrump announces #KirstjenNielsen to be his Secretary of #Homeland Security nominee
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Elul 23 fell on 9/11/01
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President Trump said on Wednesday 10/11 that he intended to name Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead the Department of Homeland Security, elevating a former homeland security official in the #GeorgeWBush (#911) administration who has lately worked to impose order in Mr. Trump’s chaotic West Wing.
It is not clear who will play that role after she leaves, and her departure will leave a hole at the White House as Mr. Trump faces an array of challenges, including confronting the threat from #NorthKorea, addressing ruptures with his cabinet and crucial Republican lawmakers and trying to push a large tax cut through Congress.
Ms. Nielsen’s experience at the Homeland Security department began after the Sept. 11 attacks, when she joined the newly formed Transportation Security Administration, housed within the department. She also served on Mr. Bush’s homeland security council, devising a national response plan for domestic incidents and helping to compile a report on lessons from the bungled federal response to Hurricane Katrina.
As a private-sector consultant, she helped government entities and private companies devise preparedness plans to guard against cyberattacks.
Tom Ridge, who served under Mr. Bush as the nation’s first homeland security secretary, called Ms. Nielsen “extremely well versed in the all-hazard threats challenging the security and resilience of our homeland.”
Officials say President Donald Trump is planning to deliver an #Iran policy speech, and he is expected to say that the landmark 2015 #nuclear deal is no longer in the U.S. national security interest.
U.S. officials say the White House has tentatively scheduled Trump's speech for Oct. 12 in Washington. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss planning for the event.