Trump to nominate White House aide to head DHS

Kirstjen Nielsen via Twitter

President Trump is nominating Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next homeland security secretary, the White House announced Wednesday.

"There will be no on-the-job training", he said.

Trump said in October 12 remarks at the White House that Nielson was "right by [Kelly's] side" during his tenure as homeland security secretary.

Nielsen previously worked as chief of staff to John Kelly - Trump's current White House chief of staff -when Kelly served as Trump's first DHS secretary. She served on Mr.

Nielsen is now the White House principal deputy chief of staff.

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Nielsen added that at DHS she plans to continue to provide support to communities struck by the recent wave of natural disasters, promising to "remain fully engaged in the long recovery effort ahead of us". She has reportedly acted as Kelly's enforcer as he has sought to impose order and discipline on a chaotic and disorganized West Wing.

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

Though the White House confirmed her nomination, the president gave an on-camera announcement Thursday afternoon.

As for this pick itself, Nielsen does appear on paper to be qualified for the position and it's about time that the role of DHS Secretary, which has been filled by a deputy since Kelly left in July, finally gets filled with a Presidential appointee. Mr. Kelly had drafted Ms. Nielsen to be his chief of staff at the Homeland Security department, and when the President chose him for the White House, he brought her as his No. 2.

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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