President Donald Trump announces his nominiaton of Kirstjen Nielsen to become Secretary of Homeland Security, at the White House on Thursday. She is his choice to replace John Kelly, who is now Trump's chief of staff. That might have contributed to Trump thinking about her highly.
Her nomination must now be confirmed by a vote in the Senate. If confirmed by the Senate, Nielsen will lead an agency charged with securing the nation's borders and airports, enforcing immigration laws, coordinating disaster relief efforts and overseeing the Secret Service and Coast Guard.
Nielsen formerly served as John Kelly's chief of staff when he held the position of Trump's first DHS secretary.
In accepting the nomination, Nielsen said she hopes to "live up to the standards the American people expect and deserve".
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Elaine Duke has been serving as acting secretary in the meantime. "There, she quickly reinforced a sterling reputation as a dedicated leader whose number one priority is always the safety and security of our country and our citizens, not politics or ideology".
Trump declared his option in a disclosure that considered Ms. Nielsen's sizeable competent wisdom in the domain of homeland security policy and procedure, cyber security, crucial infrastructure and exigency management. She previously worked as a special assistant to George W. Bush and for the Transportation Security Administration. She is the premiere candidate for the homeland security post who had benefited in the department according to the statement.
But even before Trump formally announced Nielsen's appointment during an East Room ceremony that was attended by much of the Cabinet and senior members of the White House staff, the top Democrat on a key committee signaled that he had questions about Nielsen's background.