Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Trump berates DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over border security

Here's what Homeland Security chief said about report that Trump 'berated' her over immigration Homeland Security Chief Was Close To Resigning After Trump Tirade
Gerardo Duncan | 12 May, 2018, 21:29

President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at his Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a cabinet meeting and berated her for failing to adequately secure the nation's borders.

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.

The president's eruption was witnessed by Cabinet members plus a number of senior White House officials - including counselor Kellyanne Conway, advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, immigration adviser Stephen Miller and chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

"The President is committed to fixing our broken immigration system and our porous borders".

In a statement, Nielsen said she meant to "continue to direct the department to do all we can to implement the president's security-focused agenda".

The report said that Nielsen told several of her colleagues that she was considering resigning because the president berated her for failures in fulfilling his promises to seal the border against illegal alien crossings.

Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton posted on Twitter that the report is not accurate and Nielsen was not close to resigning.

This "tantrum" went on for 30 minutes, which it noted was unusually long for one of Trump's anger outbursts, and left other officials in the room feeling uncomfortable. During his first year in office, he had regularly extolled the continued decline in border crossings, which had fallen to the lowest level in decades. But this year, they have risen again. Another person said the president was primarily focused on the Homeland Security Department because he viewed Nielsen as primarily responsible for keeping unauthorized people out of the country.

Trump considers Nielsen as well as different DHS officers ' are resisting directives that parents are separated from their children when people cross illegally in the united states of america, to discourage them from entering, the newspaper stated, citing the officers. "The president is rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of Congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people".

Nielsen also released a statement in wake of the incident where she said she shared the president's frustrations but didn't exactly deny the fact she penned her resignation.

"All these are complicated matters and I will keep on to guide the Department to accomplish everything that we are able to in order to implement the President's security-focused schedule", she added, without saying anything regarding resignation programs.

Mostly, though, Nielsen struggled to get a word in, said one senior official. The president and his aides in the White House had been pushing a family separation policy for weeks as a way of deterring families from trying to cross the border illegally.

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