Trump blew up at homeland security chief over border security

Trump blew up at homeland security chief over border security

Trump blew up at homeland security chief over border security

White House chief of staff John Kelly is confirming reports President Donald Trump launched a tirade at his homeland security secretary at a cabinet meeting.

Two unnamed sources told the Times that Nielsen drafted a resignation letter but has not submitted to the president.

"Another person said the president was primarily focused on the homeland security department because he views Ms. Nielsen as primarily responsible for keeping illegal immigrants out of the country".

As a group of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the USA approached the border in recent weeks, Trump directed Nielsen not to let the so-called "caravan" into the country.

In a statement, Nielsen said she meant to "continue to direct the department to do all we can to implement the president's security-focused agenda".

Trump is now frustrated lately on growing numbers of illegal border crossings right after a drop throughout his first 12 months in office, " the Times explained, citing several officers.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman denied specific details of the report, including that she had already drafted a resignation letter, and that she was close to resigning.

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.

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Nielsen then issued a statement of her own, which seemed to acknowledge the blow-up but blamed Congressional inaction further making it unclear what exactly went on. One person close to Nielsen said she is miserable in her job.

Trump has been a long critic of the current immigration system.

President Trump and Nielsen have "clashed for weeks about his belief that more should be done to secure the border".

"We are a country of laws and the president and his administration will enforce them". He has also threatened to shut down the government by September 2018 if the Congress does not approve funding to make good on his campaign promise to build a wall on the southern USA border with Mexico.

According to DHS data, there were about 30,186 total cases of foreign nationals claiming credible fear and thus requesting asylum in the US between October and December 2017 - at the same time that an amnesty for illegal aliens was being considered by Congress and President Trump's administration.

"The president is committed to fixing our broken immigration process and also our porous borders".

Trump's hard line against illegal immigration is a part of his presidency as he pursues an "America First" agenda that comprises an proposed wall along the U.S.

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