Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Trump announces Nielsen as Homeland Security nominee

President Donald Trump announces his nominiaton of Kirstjen Nielsen to become Secretary of Homeland Security, at the White House on Thursday. The picks is another win for White House Chief of staff John Kelly, who previously served as the DHS secretary.

Nielsen is Trump's current deputy chief of staff under Kelly. She moved with Kelly to the White House when Trump tapped him as chief of staff.

Trump said Thursday that Nielsen will need "no on the job training" and will be "ready on Day One". She also worked for Kelly when he served as secretary of DHS.

Some people recounted Ms. Nielsen's advancement as an explanation to a noxious workforce circumstance while others perturbed discreetly that her digression would generate a void at the White House that will be laborious to fill.

Her nomination must now be confirmed by a vote in the Senate. "I look forward to working closely with the Administration and Ranking Member McCaskill to expedite the consideration of Ms. Nielsen's nomination and help make America safer and more secure". On Wednesday, some of them described Ms. Nielsen's promotion as a solution to a toxic personnel situation, while others fretted privately that her departure would create a void at the White House that would be hard to fill.

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

If confirmed, Nielsen will be taking over for Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, who has served in DHS' top spot since Kelly departed in July.

Duke received praise for her handling of hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida, but has come under fire over the devastation in Puerto Rico.

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