Trump Nominates Kirstjen Nielsen As Next Homeland Security Secretary

United States first lady Melania Trump arrives for an event October 12, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC, where President Donald Trump nominated Kirstjen Nielsen as his new Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary.

"Kirstjen can hit the ground running and there won't be a learning curve", Ridge said.

After Trump's remarks, Nielsen said it was a privilege to have worked at the White House and DHS, and she implied that she shares the administration's priorities when it comes to national security. Kirstjen Nielsen was a top White House aide until now and formerly worked at the department. "She will be ready on day one", Trump said during a formal ceremony in the White House's East Room.

If confirmed by the Senate, Nielsen will lead an agency charged with securing the nation's borders and airports, enforcing immigration laws, coordinating disaster relief efforts and overseeing the Secret Service and Coast Guard.

Mr. Kelly and Ms. Nielsen arrived at the White House after a tumultuous period that led to the departure of Reince Priebus, Mr. Trump's first chief of staff, and Sean Spicer, his original press secretary. She has reportedly acted as Kelly's enforcer as he has sought to impose order and discipline on a chaotic and disorganized West Wing.

If confirmed, Nielsen would replace Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke, who was widely criticized for characterizing the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico as "a good news story". "It seems like more of a lazy pick than a wide search". Mr. Kelly had drafted Ms. Nielsen to be his chief of staff at the Homeland Security department, and when the president plucked him for the White House, he brought her as his No. 2.

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