Homeland Security chief Nielsen was close to resigning

Homeland Security chief Nielsen was close to resigning

Homeland Security chief Nielsen was close to resigning

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen advised colleagues she had been near after being criticized by President donald-trump within a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, " the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing a few former and current officials knowledgeable about the episode.

The New York Times and Politico reported that Nielsen, who began the job in December, drafted a resignation letter.

Trump's anger toward Nielsen, who was sitting several seats to his left at the meeting, was part of a lengthy tirade in which the president railed at his entire Cabinet about what he said was its lack of progress toward sealing the country's borders against unauthorized aliens, according to one person who was present at the meeting.

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

Trump, she told the Times, is "rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border".

The secretary, he added, was "hard at work" Thursday "on the President's security-focused agenda and supporting the men and women of @DHSgov".

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The tongue-lashing, over Trump's belief his homeland chief wasn't doing enough to halt illegal immigration, went on so long Nielsen reportedly prepared a resignation letter.

Trump has asked for frequent updates about the number of people attempting to cross the border illegally and has grown increasingly irritated at the recent trends. But Trump has made little progress on building the wall, and a new report from Vox claimed that Trump failed to understand even basics about what the US government can do regarding border entries. 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 Nielsen stood her ground, citing the law in certain instances, the source said. "We are a country of laws and the president and his administration will enforce them", she responded.

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. "She feels like she's doing the best she can and doing a good job on immigration, but she also has to follow the law", one source told the Post.

Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had to explain to Trump that he didn't have the power to completely shut down the border.

This has not been the first time Trump has berated his cabinet officials.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump fervently pushed for immigration reform by outlining bold plans, including the construction of a massive wall stretching across the US-Mexico border.

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