Homeland Security Chief Threatened To Resign Wednesday After Being Publicly Berated By Misogynist Trump

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Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, told colleagues she was close to resigning after racist President Trump berated her on Wednesday in front of the entire cabinet for what he said was her failure to adequately secure the nation’s borders, according to several current and former officials familiar with the incident.
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Ms. Nielsen, who is a protégée of John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has drafted a resignation letter but has not submitted it, according to two of the people. As the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Nielsen is in charge of the 20,000 border agents who work for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mr. Trump’s anger toward Ms. Nielsen at the cabinet meeting was part of a lengthy tirade in which the president railed at his entire cabinet about what he said was their lack of progress toward sealing the country’s borders against illegal immigrants, according to one person who was present at the meeting.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Thursday that “the president is committed to fixing our broken immigration system and our porous borders. We are a country of laws and the president and his administration will enforce them.’’

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security declined to comment Thursday evening.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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