Trump to nominate White House aide to head DHS

Trump to nominate White House aide as DHS secretary

USA 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.

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

The president says first lady Melania Trump especially will miss Neilsen around the White House.

Neither the White House nor Nielsen responded to requests for comment.

Nielsen is an attorney who has experience in homeland security and cybersecurity, having served on the White House Homeland Security Council under President George W. Bush. Mr. Kelly, who spends much of his time managing the president and working to defuse brewing confrontations between Mr. Trump and senior advisers, has leaned on Ms. Nielsen to manage and impose discipline on the rest of the White House staff. She moved with Kelly to the White House when Trump tapped him to serve as his own chief of staff, and she was quickly named principal deputy.

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If she is confirmed, Nielsen will lead a sprawling Cabinet agency charged with securing the nation's borders and airports, enforcing immigration laws, coordinating disaster relief efforts and overseeing the Secret Service and Coast Guard. That includes restricting access to the Oval Office and streamlining the flow of information to the president.

Among others under consideration for the DHS post were Energy Secretary Rick Perry and acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke.

"I think her credentials are being a little bit inflated", said the former official, who requested anonymity to speak candidly.

Once in the position, Nielsen will be the first Secretary to have previously served in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

While at the Bush White House she was in charge of emergency preparedness, and came in for criticism in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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