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Kirstjen Nielsen to lead the Department of Homeland Security

Today, US President Trump nominated Kirstjen Nielsen to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Nielsen is currently serving as deputy to Chief of Staff John Kelly, whom she worked for when he was the head of the DHS prior to his post at the White House.

“There will be no on-the-job training, she’s ready from day one. 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. He also called on Congress to “put politics aside and confirm her nomination.”

If she’s confirmed by the Senate, Nielsen will lead an agency charged with securing America’s borders and airports, enforcing immigration laws, coordinating disaster relief efforts and overseeing the Secret Service and Coast Guard. Nielsen also served on former President George W. Bush’s Homeland Security Council.

Published by The War Files

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