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Trump announces Kirstjen Nielsen out as DHS secretary

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Trump announces Kirstjen Nielsen out as DHS secretary
by Anna Giaritelli
& Daniel Chaitin
| April 07, 2019 05:32 PM
| Updated Apr 07, 2019, 06:44 PM


Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is resigning, capping 16 turbulent months as the top U.S. official dealing with what President Trump has dubbed a border "crisis."

Trump confirmed the resignation after he met Nielsen at the White House Sunday evening.

"Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service," he tweeted. "I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!"


In her resignation letter, Nielsen said she "determined that it is the right time for me to step aside."
She added: “I hope that the next Secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse.”


The stunning development comes at a time when Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with a spike in migrant families heading to the U.S.-Mexico border and has delivered erratic declarations about his plans to stem that tide. The Trump administration has warned that many of those seeking asylum make fraudulent claims and abuse the system. Trump recently threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border if Democrats do not agree to immigration reforms.

The announcement of Nielsen's departure also follows top officials at the Department of Homeland Security, including Nielsen, being caught off guard by the White House’s sudden move Thursday night to pull the nomination of Ronald Vitiello to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

She accompanied Trump when he visited a new section of the border wall with Mexico in Calexico, Calif., on Friday.

In a scathing statement, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., reacted to Nielsen's departure.

“Hampered by misstep after misstep, Kirstjen Nielsen's tenure at the Department of Homeland Security was a disaster from the start," Thompson said. "It is clearer now than ever that the Trump Administration's border security and immigration policies -- that she enacted and helped craft -- have been an abysmal failure and have helped create the humanitarian crisis at the border."

In a brief reaction of his own, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said, "When even the most radical voices in the administration aren’t radical enough for President Trump, you know he’s completely lost touch with the American people.”

Nielsen has overseen DHS for roughly 16 months, leading the Trump administration's immigration efforts and push to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico barrier.

Nielsen has been on the outs with Trump in the past. In November, the Washington Post reported Trump informed advisers that he was ready to oust Nielsen within days, despite opposition from then-White House chief of staff John Kelly, due to frustration with her performance.
Democrats have previously called for Nielsen to resign for a hard-line immigration policy that resulted in migrant family separations.

When it was reported in November that Nielsen would soon to be terminated as DHS secretary, sources told the Washington Examiner that David Pekoske, the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, and Kevin McAleenan were most likely to be chosen to succeed her. Although McAleenan, a 47-year-old CBP chief, has less experience than Pekoske, he was described as level-headed and capable of jumping from his mostly immigration-related job to overseeing 240,000 employees in the department.

Nielsen, 46, joined the Trump administration in January 2017 as chief of staff for then-DHS Secretary John Kelly. Nielsen guided Kelly through his Senate confirmation process, during which the two developed a close working relationship.

In July of 2017, Trump picked Kelly for White House chief of staff, and Nielsen worked as his principal deputy chief of staff. Trump nominated Nielsen to lead DHS in October and she was confirmed in a 62-37 vote.

Nielsen used her time at DHS to push Congress for more border wall funding and to tighten the "loopholes" in immigration laws that she blamed many times as incentives for illegal immigration.

Nielsen was the first DHS employee to be promoted to top departmental official in its 16-year history. She previously worked in the Transportation Security Administration and served on the White House Homeland Security Council under former President George W. Bush.
 

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Don't blame her at all. Congress has shit the bed and Nielson had a no thanks job witnessing the invasion in real time. Couldnt get a damm thing done with this obstructionist/treasonous government.

She was a good person. Godspeed Nielson.
 

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Don't blame her at all. Congress has shit the bed and Nielson had a no thanks job witnessing the invasion in real time. Couldnt get a damm thing done with this obstructionist/treasonous government.

She was a good person. Godspeed Nielson.
And the best-looking cabinet secretary in ages.
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Put down a line. Then have manned and fully free to eliminate the problem machine gun towers every 1/2 mile. They want a crisis give them a crisis.
They won't be able to load them in body bags fast enough. Blood is on concritters hands.........
 

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It's not at all unusual for these positions to see resignations no matter who is in office. But as usual the deep state dems have to come out with comments that, if it were in the private sector, would be the fodder for a lawsuit.
 

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She didn't get the job done so she was asked to resign. It happens all the time. This is what any great president of an organization does when a part isn't working. He replaces the bad part with a new one!
 
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I would not give up a steady job to work for Trump, thats for sure...
 

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to be fair, as abc alluded to, her hands have been tied from the 'git

the dems have held back funding, border crossings up are exponentially, absolute attacks from the communists, attacks from the rino corporates, etc.

it is a monumental task for anyone, and she certainly didn't have the qualifications for the job.

I am not going to bomb her over this,
 

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Now now, let us behave as gentlepersons do.

Mr P has a different take on things; as does Kheef and others.

Just keep on posting those great memes and don't let ethereally manifested internet personalities get under your perverbial epidermis.
 

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She didn't get the job done so she was asked to resign. It happens all the time.
Bingo. I don't want to hear why things didn't get done, I want to see shit get done! This striving for mediocre ain't cutting it anymore.
We are under all out attack by the leftists and the globalists and we need people who get the job done in spite of the roadblocks.

The left is winning at the border, that means she has failed.

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns, Trump announces replacement
APRIL 07, 2019 - 5:22 PM
National News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid the administration's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border, two people familiar with the decision said.

President Donald Trump thanked her for her work in a tweet and announced U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would be taking over as acting head of the department. McAleenan is a longtime border official who is well-respected by members of Congress and within the administration. The decision to name an immigration officer to the post reflects Trump's priority for a sprawling department founded to combat terrorism following the Sept. 11 attacks.
 

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From wikipedia above

Border Patrol
In August 2018, McAleenan was interviewed by The New York Times, where he stated that he is aware that it is illegal to detain families longer than 90 days.[11] Later in the interview McAleenan went on to say that he feels that President Trump's executive order was an "important recalibration". He also states that the "well intended efforts are not going to succeed if they lose public interest".[11] McAleenan is a supporter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, stating that they do "critical work". In the rest of the piece he goes on to state his belief on the topic of child separation.[11]

In September 2018, McAleenan sat down with the USA Today editorial board, where he stated that he plans on spending more time "analyzing ways to modernize border patrol facilities".[13] At the time of the interview he planned on traveling to the southwest portion of United States where most of the migrant children were being held.
 

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The left is winning at the border, that means she has failed.
no doubt, and why he called for her resig

her qualifications prior are the issue, as she was in cyber or some other such non-combative role. This is going to take someone who is capable of being 'hard' shall we say.
 

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no doubt, and why he called for her resig

her qualifications prior are the issue, as she was in cyber or some other such non-combative role. This is going to take someone who is capable of being 'hard' shall we say.
We need an Army General or somebody who can actually command the border operations.
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In order to become a General you first have to be vetted by the swamp (congress). A General might be better than a blond highlight having, fake tit sporting swamp orchid but not by much.
Generals know if they want the keys to the lucrative post career military industrial complex accounts they’ll click their heels like good little soldiers whenever the swamp toads croak. Any General going rogue gets put out to pasture with their $90,000 a year pension real quick.

It’s kind of funny how members hear laugh at the left for supporting a skateboarding band boy like Beto O’Rourke (He’s cool!) but they love this little swamp hussy because they fantasize about her wearing a Gadsden Flag thong.
I don't know where you get your info, but the Left HATES Nielsen. They are orgasmic that she is gone.
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You had 1 job, lady.

Confirmed: Kirstjen Nielsen Did Not Resign — Was FORCED OUT By President Trump
April 8, 2019, 9:50 am by Jim Hoft 233 Comments

More cleaning house..............

BREAKING: President Trump Fires Secret Service Director Randolph Alles
April 8, 2019, 12:48 pm by Cristina Laila 285 Comments

This is going to take someone who is capable of being 'hard' shall we say.
Exactamundo, furball. Sometimes one has to break things to get the desired result.



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Sometimes one has to break things to get the desired result.
that is fo damn sho

the guy needs to be a real piece of work,

not some blonde intelli

he has to be a bstrd

one that once they rise up out of the water will toss 'em back and tell them to keep on swimmin', gtfo
 

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This is related to blondie getting dumped..........................

President Trump Removes Secret Service Director….
Posted on April 8, 2019by sundance

A little backstory… Long-time CTH readers will note we have been recommending since candidate Trump first announced, when Donald Trump won the presidency one of the priorities should be to put the Secret Service back into the U.S. Treasury Department.



The reasoning for our recommendations beginning in 2015 was simple: the scale of opposition to an outsider as President would be off-the-charts. DHS is a multi-layered matrix of conflicting political interests and career bureaucrats with internal agendas.

The recently visible political bias within the FBI is an example of the same issues likely to exist within another massive bureaucracy of the DHS. Removing the U.S. Secret Service, and putting them back into Treasury, would give them operational independence and renewed clarity of purpose. Current structures are just too sketchy. That said, here’s the latest…

(CNN) United States Secret Service director Randolph “Tex” Alles is being removed from his position, multiple administration officials tell CNN.​

President Donald Trump instructed his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to fire Alles. Alles remains in his position as of now but has been asked to leave.
The USSS director was told two weeks ago there would be a transition in leadership and he was asked to stay on until there was a replacement, according to a source close to the director.
Secret Service officials have been caught by surprise with the news and are only finding out through CNN, according to the source.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said later Monday that Trump has picked James M. Murray, a career USSS official, to replace Alles. (read more)
Statement from White House:

(link)
There has been something more opaque happening in the background recently…. This story is likely connected to several other elements yet to fully surface.

President Trump has excellent instincts.

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This is old but appropriate.

As I see it, his still working the plunger !:shit happens: Trump is not a politician, he is a businessman & he is methodically working his way through the shit, as best he can, in spite of the opposition !

DRANO.jpg
 

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Solutions not part of the agenda?
 
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Taezz,

Not to mention, you are speaking about a $5T behemoth! Multiples larger than his piddly $10B enterprise. Layers upon layers of dead weight.

No way one person can clean it in 8 years. Just not even possible when you have 535 pos's + the career boyz jamming you up.
 

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...members hear laugh at the left for supporting a skateboarding band....
'Here', it's not difficult. And then you want to proselytize. Shame.

Golden Regards
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https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/30/border-wall-immigration-mcaleenan-1076887
POLITICO
IMMIGRATION

“Border money would fund 'not just
a dumb barrier,” says border chief KEVIN McALEENAN

By QUINT FORGEY 12/30/2018 11:20 AM EST

President Donald Trump’s border chief elaborated Sunday on how immigration officials would spend the roughly $5 billion the White House is requesting from Congress for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico frontier — insisting the taxpayer dollars would fund “not just a dumb barrier.”
“It's about 215 miles of wall system,” Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said on ABC’s “This Week,” including in his calculations various auxiliary technologies to bolster enforcement efforts.
“What we’re talking about is not just a dumb barrier,” McAleenan said. “We’re talking about sensors, cameras, lighting, access roads for our agents, a system that helps us secure that area of the border. That’s what we were asking Congress.”
Border officials have already constructed a barrier along 35 of the 40 miles of wall funded by $300 million from the president’s fiscal 2017 budget, McAleenan said — “a record time for a major government procurement of this nature,” he added.
And Customs and Border Protection is “already on contract and launching construction” for the portions of the wall financed through the administration’s fiscal 2018 budget, McAleenan said.

IMMIGRATION
Border chief: Agents 'did everything they could' to prevent child migrants' deaths
By QUINT FORGEY
McAleenan also defended the efficacy of the proposal that has plunged the government into a more-than weeklong shutdown and a bitter, partisan funding fight.
“We need a barrier to help us stop that, to push into — the traffic into areas that we can control more effectively,” McAleenan said, citing mass entries and an influx of narcotics along the southern border.