November 13, 2018

LONG ENOUGH TO RUIN HER REPUTATION:

Trump is preparing to remove Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary, aides say (Nick Miroff, Josh Dawsey and Philip Rucker November 12, 2018, Washington Post)

Nielsen has been reluctant to leave the administration before reaching the one-year mark as secretary on Dec. 6, but she has been unhappy in the job for several months, according to colleagues. Trump has berated her during Cabinet meetings, belittled her to other White House staff and tagged her months ago as a "Bushie," a reference to her previous service under President George W. Bush and meant to cast suspicion on her loyalty.

When Nielsen has tried to explain the laws and regulations that prevent the government from drastically curtailing immigration or  closing the border with Mexico, as Trump has suggested, the president has grown impatient and frustrated, aides said. 

Nielsen's departure would leave a leadership void at the government's third-largest agency, which has 240,000 employees and a $60 billion budget. The deputy secretary job at DHS has been vacant since April, and the White House has not submitted to Congress a nomination for that post.

Posted by at November 13, 2018 3:56 AM

  

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