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On Sunday, President Donald Trump announced Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, will be leaving her position. He also welcomed U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan as the new acting secretary.

Nielsen held the position for 16 months. Sunday afternoon, she tweeted her resignation letter followed by a thank you to the men and women of DHS.

On Sunday, Nielsen met with Trump and White House top officials according to Associated Press who cited two sources. Top administration sources informed Fox News that Nielsen’s “background in cybersecurity made her a poor fit to handle border issues, while McAleenan best fits Trump’s requirement of being the ‘toughest cop’ on the frontier.”

Officials confirmed that Nielsen will stay on DHS Secretary through Wednesday, April 10, to assist with any transitions.

Hector Garza, Border Patrol also agent confirmed that, “We don’t know if McAleenan will be the permanent secretary.”

Nielsen’s department comes just a few days after Trump withdrew Ron Vitiello for the position of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director. Rumors hint at the fact she was blindsided by the move. McAleenan, a holdover from the Obama administration, was sworn in on March 20, 2018, as commissioner of CBP. He has immediately begun transition work as acting secretary as of Monday morning.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a response on Monday via Twitter.

On Friday, Nielsen was in Calexico, California, with Trump and other notable folks such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). They toured a section of the border and conducted a roundtable discussion with local law enforcement agents.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.




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