Homeland Security Chief Was Close To Resigning After Trump Tirade

Homeland Security Chief Was Close To Resigning After Trump Tirade

Homeland Security Chief Was Close To Resigning After Trump Tirade

President Donald Trump berated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a dispiriting Cabinet meeting on immigration Wednesday, according to three administration officials, but her colleagues denied reports that she has threatened to quit.

Two sources familiar with the blow-up claim Nielsen had written a letter of resignation. According to the story, which broke the news of the harangue, Trump's abuse of his Homeland Security director "was part of a lengthy tirade in which the president railed at his cabinet about what he said was its lack of progress toward sealing the country's borders against illegal immigrants".

Trump lashed out at his Cabinet, and Nielsen in particular, when told that the number of people arrested for illegally crossing the Mexico border topped 50,000 for the second consecutive month.

Nielsen, in a statement on Thursday, said she shared Trump's frustration that "existing loopholes and the lack of Congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people".

He declined to say whether Nielsen had been treated fairly in the meeting, saying only, "We had a good Cabinet meeting", during a brief question-and-answer session in the White House Rose Garden. "We are a country of laws and the president and his administration will enforce them", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Thursday.

His comments come as the Trump administration, under the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, has moved to revoke this special status and to expel tens of thousands of protected immigrants.

Donald Trump had grown angry in recent weeks for reports of a roughly 1,200-person "caravan" of asylum-seekers from Central America traveling toward the US border.

During the meeting, Trump yelled about the United States' porous border and said more needed to be done to fix it.

"Border security is the most basic and necessary responsibility of a sovereign nation", she continued. "She feels like she's doing the best she can and doing a good job on immigration, but she also has to follow the law", one source told the Post.

Just to be clear, Nielsen and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under her direction haven't shown any hesitation about separating families.

One persistent issue has been Trump's belief that Nielsen and other officials in the department were resisting his direction that parents should be separated from their children when families cross illegally into the United States, several officials said.

Trump repeatedly said during the 2016 campaign that the border wall, which would cost close to $25 billion, would be funded by Mexico - though Mexican officials have said repeatedly that they will not pay for the wall.

Trump has let his frustration surrounding immigration issues be known to the public, especially recently, as a caravan of about 150 migrants from Central America made its way to the southern border.

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