President Donald Trump is reportedly angry at Kirsjen Nielsen, the administration’s Department of Homeland Security secretary who replaced John Kelly when Kelly became chief of staff.
As Trump has still not obtained funding in the budget for his wall, but has pledged to use military dollars to build it, border crossings are going up.
The Washington Post reports:
“President Trump began berating Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the Oval Office earlier this spring, according to administration officials, griping about her performance and blaming her for a surge in illegal border crossings.
Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, who installed her in the job, jumped in to defend her.
The two men then sparred over Nielsen as she silently watched. At one point, Trump noted the border numbers were lower under Kelly and wondered aloud why Nielsen could not perform as well, according to these officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private meeting…
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This is little surprise, considering that the arms of U.S. government have done just about everything they can to stop President Trump’s immigration agenda.
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.
Two sources familiar with the situation told me that the reaction inside DHS has been widespread shock at her appointment. There are only a few senior staff at the agency who are loyal to Nielsen. They include Elizabeth Neumann, who was Nielsen’s deputy when she was chief of staff at DHS under Kelly, and Jonathan Hoffman, the assistant secretary of public affairs at the agency.”
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