BREAKING UPDATE: President Trump Announces Kirstjen Nielsen ‘Leaving’ as Homeland Security Secretary

Breaking update: President Trump announced Nielsen is “leaving her position”. Trump did not say she was resigning, as initial reports stated, instead saying she was “leaving her position”, implying he may have fired Nielsen.

“Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service……..I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for . I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!”

Update: Copy of Nielsen resignation later (with year typo).


Original TGP report: CBS News is reporting Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen is expected to resign Sunday evening during a 5 p.m. meeting at the White House with President Trump. CBS’s Paula Reid broke the story on Twitter just after 5 p.m. EDT.

Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen, screen image.

Excerpt from CBS report:

“…Nielsen’s expected departure is a part of a massive DHS overhaul engineered and directed by top Trump adviser Stephen Miller, according to a senior U.S. official. It’s unclear whether Nielsen is deciding to resign voluntarily, or whether she has been pressured to resign. Nielsen has served as DHS secretary since December 2017, and questions about how much longer she might last have swirled for months, as the president continues to articulate his frustrations about illegal immigration…”

End excerpt. Please read complete CBS News report at this link.

This post will be updated.

Update: Other White House reporters are scrambling in response to the CBS report.

The NY Times’ Maggie Habermann says some White House staffers taking wait and see attitude for the outcome of the meeting.

CNN’s Jake Tapper was told Nielsen had no intention to resign going into the meeting.

Fox News’ John Roberts reports Nielsen job is on the line in the meeting.

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