U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

US President Donald Trump says he has accepted the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. It remains unclear whether Nielsen has chose to leave voluntary, or whether she has been pressured to resign.

Though Trump aides were eyeing a staff shake-up at Homeland Security and had already withdrawn the nomination for another key immigration post, the development Sunday was unexpected.

CBS had reported Sunday, citing a senior US official, that the overhaul of Homeland Security and its subsidiary agencies such as ICE is being orchestrated by top Trump adviser Stephen Miller.

Meanwhile, a a senior administration official told CNN's Jake Tapper that Nielsen "believed the situation was becoming untenable with the President becoming increasingly unhinged about the border crisis and making unreasonable and even impossible requests".

Nielsen was selected for the job by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in 2017, at a moment when the former Marine Corps general was at a peak of influence within the Trump Administration.

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It was not the first time Ms Nielsen's supposed departure has been reported.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen speaks beside Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez (not pictured) during a multilateral meeting at the Honduran Ministry of Security in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 27, 2019. "We may be going in a different direction", he said then. But she was also instrumental in ending the policy.

But at the agency that oversees border protection and immigration matters - Trump's signature issue - it was inevitable Nielsen would find herself within the President's crosshairs.

Last May, before the harassment, The New York Times reported that Nielsen was close to resigning after Trump reportedly berated her in a cabinet meeting.

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