Trump nominates new secretary of Department of Homeland Security

Trump nominates new secretary of Department of Homeland Security

The first lady looked stunning when she walked into the East Room in a tan dress that she paired with matching high heels and a pale pink long sleeve coat at the event where President Donald Trump nominated Kirstjen Nielsen as his new Homeland Security secretary.

The trust Kelly has in Nielsen will be crucial because, if confirmed, she'll have plenty on her plate. She is the first nominee for the homeland security post who had served in the department, according to the statement.

Before joining the department earlier this year, Nielsen was a senior fellow at George Washington University's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

For instance, Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee was also among those that were being considered for the position.

Nielsen previously served as a special assistant to former President George W. Bush.


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

Kirstjen Nielsen will be heading the Department of Homeland Security. That includes restricting access to the Oval Office and streamlining the flow of information to the president.

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

Mr. Kelly pushed hard for her selection, making a personal appeal to Mr. Trump during a monthslong search process.

Her nomination comes at a time when the president and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which DHS oversees, have come under staunch criticism for the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Trump said Duke would remain at DHS as Nielsen's deputy. He then sung Nielsen's past work in his administration, and spoke of how thrilled he was to have her in this new position.

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