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Trump to nominate White House aide to head DHS

13 October 2017

If established Ms. Nielsen would substitute John F. Kelly, who was homeland security secretary until he departed to perform as the White House chief of staff and usher regulation and orientation to a West Wing tormented by chaos and dissonance.

"I know you will fulfill your duties with dedication, determination and resolve".

"Kirstjen was integral to the progress we have made in controlling our borders, confronting gang violence, preparing for disasters and protecting aviation security", Trump said Thursday afternoon.

Nielsen is a close confidant of Kelly and an expert in national security policy.

Nielsen worked on homeland security issues during stings with the TSA and on the White House Homeland Security Council under George W. Bush. "She will be ready on day one", Trump said during a formal ceremony in the White House's East Room.

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Her nomination must now be confirmed by a vote in the Senate.

Nielsen, speaking after the president, said it was a "privilege" to have served in the administration. Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Las Vegas highlights Islamist terrorism is not America's greatest domestic threat MORE (D-Mo.), to "expedite the consideration of Ms. Nielsen's nomination".

Kirstjen Nielsen will be heading the Department of Homeland Security.

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

That has included limiting access to the president to some who had formerly enjoyed near-unimpeded access.

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Elaine Duke has been filling in as acting secretary in the meantime.

Trump urged the Senate to look at Nielsen's qualifications, calling for a quick confirmation. She was forced to clarify her claim last month that the federal response to Maria is "a good news story".

The White House said Wednesday in a written announcement that Nielsen 'has extensive professional experience in the areas of homeland security policy and strategy, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, and emergency management'.

Thompson said he had questions about Nielsen's background, including her past work for the Bush administration.

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Trump to nominate White House aide to head DHS