Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen Nearly Resigns After Trump Blow Up

Hannah Rogers
May 12, 2018

"I share his frustration", she added.

Trump lashed out at his Cabinet, and Nielsen in particular, when told that the number of people arrested for illegally crossing the Mexico border topped 50,000 for the second consecutive month.

Donald Trump threw a 30-minute tantrum when he was told that the federal government doesn't have the authority to completely shut down the US border, a new report claims.

In testimony to a congressional committee on Tuesday, the day before the president's tirade at the cabinet meeting, Ms. Nielsen urged people seeking asylum to present themselves at United States ports of entry rather than trying to sneak into the country.

Nielsen did not deny the meeting had grown heated in a statement Thursday evening, but said she shared the president's frustrations.

Nielsen viewed the president's rant as directed mostly at her, and she told associates after the meeting that she should not continue in the job if he did not view her as effective, according to reports.

The exchange was so hostile, according to The New York Times, that Nielsen later informed colleagues that she planned to leave the administration and drafted a resignation letter, though she did not submit it.

Donald Trump had grown angry in recent weeks for reports of a roughly 1,200-person "caravan" of asylum-seekers from Central America traveling toward the USA border.

"Border security is the most basic and necessary responsibility of a sovereign nation", she continued.

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Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, disputed that Nielsen had drafted a resignation letter and was close to resigning, calling those assertions "false".

Administration officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide a candid account of the private meeting.

Trump has also been frustrated with Nielsen, according to people familiar with the dynamic.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the incident in Thursday's press briefing.

During a rally in Elkhart, Indiana, Thursday evening, Trump complained, "We have the worst immigration laws in the history of mankind".

1 person in the assembly said Trump railed in the whole Cabinet on what he said was deficiency of advancement keeping out illegal immigrants, " the occasions said.

While border apprehensions dipped previous year to their lowest levels ever, the numbers have been ticking up in recent months, returning to more typical historical levels. But this year, they have risen again.

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. The president's anger was stoked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who remarked that the Department of Homeland Security could just arrest people at the border, the source said.

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