Monday, 23 October, 2017

Trump Selects White House Aide for Homeland Security Chief

Jabin Botsford  The Washington Post via Getty Jabin Botsford The Washington Post via Getty
Nicole Thomas | 13 October, 2017, 00:47

United States first lady Melania Trump arrives for an event October 12, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC, where President Donald Trump nominated Kirstjen Nielsen as his new Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary.

Nielsen has close ties to chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE; she served as his top aide when he was Homeland Security secretary.

"She has won the universal respect of my entire cabinet and senior White House staff", said Trump.

Michael Allen, a colleague that worked with her in the Bush administration opined, "She's a total homeland security expert - absolutely has no learning curve".

"There will be no on-the-job training for Kirstjen".

Nielsen has drawn some criticism as she and Kelly have tried to bring order to Trump's chaotic administration.

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The trust Kelly has in Nielsen will be crucial because, if confirmed, she'll have plenty on her plate.

"I share the President's commitment to the security of the county and the safety of the American people", she said. She is the first nominee for the homeland security post who had served in the department, according to the statement. Before she worked in the Trump administration, Nielsen founded a risk and security management consulting firm.

As for this pick itself, Nielsen does appear on paper to be qualified for the position and it's about time that the role of DHS Secretary, which has been filled by a deputy since Kelly left in July, finally gets filled with a Presidential appointee.

Duke received praise for her handling of hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida, but has come under fire over the devastation in Puerto Rico.

"I am pleased that the President has finally made a nomination for Secretary of Homeland Security after letting the critical national security position remain vacant as the nation faced multiple major hurricanes and a domestic terrorism attack".

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