Trump fumes at Homeland Security head over immigration

12 May, 2018, 14:23 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • ImageKirstjen Nielsen the secretary of homeland security

Trump lashed out at his Cabinet, and Nielsen in particular, when told that the number of people arrested for illegally crossing the Mexico border topped 50,000 for the second consecutive month. How is this still happening?" he said, adding later, "We need to shut it down. "I share his frustration", Nielsen said, according to CNN.

He declined to say whether Nielsen had been treated fairly in the meeting, saying only, "We had a good Cabinet meeting", during a brief question-and-answer session in the White House Rose Garden. The Washington Post reported that Trump had berated Nielsen but that her colleagues said she had not threatened to quit. When members of his Cabinet pointed out that the country relies on day laborers who cross the border each day, Trump said that was fine, but continued to complain, one person said.

The Times reported two of them said Nielsen had drafted a resignation letter but had not submitted it. DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton said the Times reporting that Nielsen had drafted a resignation letter and was close to resigning is false.

Administration officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide a candid account of the private meeting.

"The president is committed to fixing our broken immigration process and also our porous borders".


Fox News anchor Chris Wallace poked fun at White House chief of staff John Kelly on Friday for inadvertently confirming a report about Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The president urged Nielsen to be more aggressive, the official said.

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. "The laws in this country for immigration and illegal immigration are absolutely awful".

Homeland Security's deputy secretary position is vacant, so there would be no immediate replacement if Nielsen were to step down. He reminds staff that she was a "George W. Bush person" because of her previous tenure as a White House Homeland Security adviser.

Trump's hard line against illegal immigration is a centerpiece of his presidency as he pursues an "America First" agenda that includes a proposed wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, saying it was needed to stem the flow of immigrants and drug trafficking. "We are a country of laws and the president and his administration will enforce them", she responded.

Trump has also been frustrated with Nielsen, according to people familiar with the dynamic. He repeatedly claimed credit for the fact that during his first year in office, illegal border crossings dropped to their lowest levels in decades. Arrests along the border with Mexico typically rise during springtime, when migrants seeking jobs on USA farms and ranches return for the summer growing season.

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