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Report: Kirstjen Nielsen Was Forced to Step Down

Sources say hardliners are demanding DHS shakeup
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2019 6:33 AM CDT
Updated Apr 8, 2019 6:50 AM CDT
President Trump visits a new section of the border wall with Mexico in Calexico, Calif., Friday April 5, 2019. Gloria Chavez with the US Border Patrol, center, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen...   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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(Newser) – Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's abrupt resignation Sunday wasn't her idea, reports the Washington Post, which cites "two senior administration officials." The sources say Nielsen wasn't planning to resign when she went to a meeting with President Trump on Sunday, two days after the president visited the border, but she was forced to step down. Trump, angered by a surge in migrants, was influenced in the decision by national security adviser John Bolton and increasingly powerful senior adviser Stephen Miller, who shares Trump's hardline views on immigration and has "privately derided other officials to the president for not being tough enough," the insiders say. More:

  • "Rocky tenure." Nielsen's resignation follows what CBS calls a "rocky" tenure at DHS, with the president frustrated by a rise in illegal border crossings. Insiders say Trump, who frequently berated Nielsen at meetings, said months ago that he wanted to fire her. They say Trump was angered by her insistence that her actions were limited by federal law.

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