POTUS Trump Makes Decision on John Kelly’s Replacement as DHS Secretary
According to reports, President Trump is set to announce Kirstjen Nielsen as the next Department of Homeland Security Head. Nielsen has worked closely with White House chief of state John Kelly while the General lead DHS. Nielsen is presently principal deputy chief of staff to Kelly.
ABC NEWS: President Trump expected to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary Thursday pic.twitter.com/c2iFOMBrgo
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) October 11, 2017
Nielsen served as White House chief of staff John Kelly’s top aide during his time as DHS secretary and moved with him to the West Wing as his principal deputy chief of staff when he was appointed in July, leaving the Cabinet post vacant.
The White House didn’t immediately comment. Nielsen did not respond to a request for comment.
People familiar with the search cautioned that, as with everything in the Trump White House, nothing is final until it’s publicly announced.
Nielsen, 45, is a cybersecurity expert and an attorney with an extensive background in homeland security, including stints at the Transportation Security Administration and on the White House Homeland Security Council under President George W. Bush.
It was previously reported over the summer that AG Sessions would take over for Kelly to lead the DHS.
There are rumblings Attorney General Sessions will take a lateral move
We received word on this at Gateway Pundit earlier today.
As hot Beltway rumors go, this one is extra spicy, but doesn’t appear to have very much meat on the bone. It started with an anonymously sourced story from Politico which claimed “department staffers” were suggesting that Jeff Sessions might be moved over from the Attorney General slot to replace departing General John Kelly at Homeland Security. Given all the scrutiny Sessions has been under, paired with conservative pushback against the idea of his being fired, it’s easy to see how this might look tempting to President Trump… at least in theory. Fox News runs down the potential scenario which could play out.
Could Attorney General Jeff Sessions end up at the Department of Homeland Security?
It’s an idea some political observers have been debating after President Trump announced Friday that John Kelly, who leads the department, would replace Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff…
Dana Perino, the former White House press secretary under George W. Bush, argued such an arrangement could placate conservatives who would be outraged if Sessions was ousted from the administration.
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) expressed his disapproval over the idea that Sessions may move to the DHS in a series of tweets. In his first tweet he said, “AG Jeff Sessions has a good ring to it. Highly qualified, committed to the rule of law, tough on crime, and fiercely independent.”