Nielsen 'tremendously qualified' to lead Homeland Security


She is his choice to replace John Kelly, who is now Trump's chief of staff.

In a statement, Senator Ron Johnson said, "Ms. Nielsen's long history of service with the Department, her cybersecurity experience and her tenure serving with General John Kelly would serve her well as the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security".

"I know you will fulfill your duties with dedication, determination and resolve".

Trump added: "That sets her apart".

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Neilsen is an expert in homeland and national security policy. The 45-year-old previously worked at the Transportation Security Administration and served on President George W. Bush's Homeland Security Council. "She is ready on day one".

Nielsen acknowledged Thursday that she will be taking the reins during a hard period. But her systemized methodology in an independent and deteriorated West Wing forestalled some senior administrators and people close to President who chafed under her domination. "I look forward to working closely with the Administration and Ranking Member McCaskill to expedite the consideration of Ms. Nielsen's nomination and help make America safer and more secure".

That has included limiting access to the president to some who had formerly enjoyed near-unimpeded access.

Kirstjen Nielsen will be heading the Department of Homeland Security.

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Elaine Duke has been filling in as acting secretary in the meantime. 'She was a little disappointed to hear this news, ' Trump said to laughs.

On Wednesday, she greeted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau to the White House in a jaw-dropping grey pinstripe pantsuit outfit.

Trump urged the Senate to "put politics aside" and swiftly confirm Nielsen "in light of the serious threats facing our country and the natural disaster recovery efforts".

At a formal White House event to announce the nomination, Trump said that Nielsen, through her wisdom and her leadership, has won the universal respect of his entire Cabinet and senior White House staff.

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