President Donald Trump must be furious right now.
Kirstjen Nielsen, the John Kelly staffer who previously worked in the Bush administration and now heads the Department of Homeland Security, apparently told Mexico that the National Guard will be un-armed at the border.
Nielsen does not have the authority to dis-arm the National Guard if the President feels that the National Guard must be armed, as any constitutional expert knows.
“They help provide medical care for those that we do interdict. They’d help us to fleet maintain. There’s a lot of mechanics to use in that terrain,” Nielsen stated Thursday on Fox NEws. “So it’s a lot of support functions that free up the border patrol to do what they do best, which is enforce border laws.”
Nielsen is making the cable rounds now, but you know who first put Nielsen in the spotlight on this issue? The government of Mexico. Apparently Nielsen talked to Mexico outside of President Trump’s conversations with Mexican leaders.
The Mexican Foreign Ministry first leaked to the press more than 16 hours ago that Nielsen talked to THEM directly. That’s right. The Mexican Foreign Ministry is cited in an Associated Press pool report announcing that Nielsen told them first that the National Guard will not be armed.
Axios reported on Nielsen when she got the DHS job from the Kelly-led White House:
“Nielsen is not a beloved figure at DHS; just as she wasn’t inside the White House. She has a very sharp-elbowed approach to doing business and doesn’t command anywhere near the respect that her predecessor, Kelly, did, according to more than half a dozen sources who’ve worked with her.