Donald Trump to nominate Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary

Donald Trump to nominate Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary

Donald Trump to nominate Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary

President Donald Trump is expected to nominate his chief of staff's deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, as his next secretary of Homeland Security.

Nielsen would succeed now-White House chief of staff John Kelly in the position if confirmed by the Senate.

She previously served as special assistant to the president for prevention, preparedness and response on the White House Homeland Security Council under President George W. Bush and launched the Offices of Legislative Policy and Government Affairs at the Transportation Security Administration.

The Homeland Security Department's top job has been vacant since July, when Kelly was given the chief of staff role after the ousting of his predecessor, Reince Priebus.

Prior to joining Kelly at Homeland Security, Nielsen was president of the firm Sunesis Consulting.

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Nielsen, a cybersecurity expert who served as Kelly's chief of staff when he was DHS secretary, accompanied him to the White House as his deputy and quickly emerged as a controversial presence.

If confirmed by the Senate, Nielsen would take the reins at a sprawling department with more than 240,000 employees that is responsible for USA border and airport security, immigration policy, disaster response, refugee admissions and other matters.

It was not immediately clear when Nielsen's nomination would be announced.

She also worked for the ransportation and Security Administration under George W Bush. She was responsible for carrying out some of Kelly's orders on who gets access to the president.

Other contenders for the Cabinet post included Tom Bossert, Trump's homeland security adviser, and Kevin McAleenan, the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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