Trump unloads on DHS chief over immigration

Trump unloads on DHS chief over immigration

Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen told staffers that she almost submitted her resignation Wednesday after President Trump reprimanded her in front of the entire cabinet, several officials familiar told the New York Times.

Nielsen, the report said, viewed Trump's "rant as directed mostly at her and told associates after the meeting that she should not continue in the job if the president did not view her as effective".

The New York Times reported that Trump lashed out at Nielsen at the meeting Wednesday, accusing her of failing to improve border security.

Nielsen was nominated as Homeland Security secretary in December, after former secretary John Kelly was selected to become Trump's chief of staff.

The tongue-lashing, over Trump's belief his homeland chief wasn't doing enough to halt illegal immigration, went on so long Nielsen reportedly prepared a resignation letter. "She feels like she's doing the best she can and doing a good job on immigration, but she also has to follow the law", one source told the Post. Nielsen issued a statement Thursday night, but it does not directly address the report or that she came close to resigning.

Trump, who has grown increasingly frustrated by a spike in border apprehensions and legal setbacks, blamed Nielsen Wednesday for failing to do enough to stop them, according to people familiar with the exchange.

"Honduras, Mexico and many other countries that the very generous to, sends many of their people to our country through our WEAK IMMIGRATION POLICIES".

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In response to Newsweek's request for comment, DHS press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton cited a Thursday afternoon tweet from his office, calling the Times story false.

Administration officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide a candid account of the private meeting. "I share his frustration", Nielsen said, according to CNN.

Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had to explain to Trump that he didn't have the power to completely shut down the border.

President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 10, 2018, as he returns from nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md., following an evening trip to Elkhart, Ind., for a campaign rally.

Trump has let his frustration surrounding immigration issues be known to the public, especially recently, as a caravan of about 150 migrants from Central America made its way to the southern border.

Trump, she told the Times, is "rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border".

It's not the first time a DHS head has reportedly threatened resignation in recent months.

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