US HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF RESIGNS
Kirstjen enforced some of President Trump’s controversial border policies and also the separation of migrant families
Kirstjen Nielsen, US Secretary of Homeland Security has resigned.
Kirstjen, who enforced some of President Trump’s controversial border policies and also the separation of migrant families, resigned in the wake of President Dopnald Trump’s indication about wanting to follow a “tougher” immigration policy, accusing Nielsen ofetn of not being tough enough.
Her replacement, albeit temporarily, would be Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan according to President Trump.
Ms Nielsen who first joined the Trump administration in January 2017 as an assistant to former Homeland Security Chief John Kelly, was reportedly in a meeting with the president on Sunday to discuss the border situation, but rather was put under pressure to resign from her job according to unnamed US media sources.
Giving no reson for her resignation, Nielsen in her resignation letter said it was “the right time to step aside´and also said the US “ is safer today than when she first joined the administration”.
Despite rumours of a difficult relationship with the president, Kirstjen Nielsen has in public always been loyal to the Trump administration. Back in June 2018, protesters booed her as she ate at a Mexican restaurant in the capital, Washington DC but she responded with a tweet saying she would work “tirelessly” to fix the “broken immigration system”.
Nielsen’s resignation has already been met with mixed reactions. Mississippi Congressman and Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security Bennie Thompson described Ms Nielsen’s tenure as “a disaster from the start” while Ed Markey, Massachusetts Senator called the move “long overdue”.