Fed Up Homeland Security Chief Nearly Resigned After Trump Publicly Berated Her

NYT DHS secretary close to resigning

Fox News' White House correspondent John Roberts reported that Kelly called Nielsen after President Donald Trump "blew up" at her this week over border security.

The White House declined specific comment on whether Trump berated Nielsen, her assumed resignation letter and on whether Trump maintained confidence in Nielsen, who shot at DHS in December.

Nielsen issued a statement of her own, agreeing with Trump's frustration and blaming the border issue in part on "congressional inaction".

According to those familiar with the admonishment, Trump was unhappy with Nielsen's handling of border security; one source told the Times that the president went on a long tirade about Nielsen's lack of ability to tighten the U.S. -Mexico border and prevent undocumented immigrants from entering the country.

"These are complex issues and I will continue to direct the Department to do all we can to implement the President's security-focused agenda", she added, without saying anything about resignation plans.

White House chief of staff John Kelly said he believes the vast majority of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border into the United States do not assimilate well because they are poorly educated.

Two senior White House officials described Nielsen as upset after the meeting, but said they were unaware of such a letter or threats to resign.

In response to The Times report, DHS spokesperson Tyler Q. Houlton, said in a tweet the entire story is "false".

More than 10,000 of those 30,000 total cases of credible fear occurred when foreign nationals arrived at the ports of entry at the southern border, while more than 20,000 of the cases occurred when foreign nationals sought asylum by crossing the border illegally.

Today's Washington Post, however, reports that Nielsen did not threaten to resign.

This has not been the first time Trump has berated his cabinet officials.

A lingering belief that Trump has reportedly held onto was that Nielsen was resisting his idea of separating children from their families when they cross the US-Mexico border illegally. But Nielsen maintained her ground, citing the law in certain instances, the source said.

Donald Trump threw a 30-minute tantrum when he was told that the federal government doesn't have the authority to completely shut down the USA border, a new report claims.

"You can't allow people to pour into our country like they're doing", Trump said.

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

Those numbers have since risen to more normal levels, pro-immigration groups speculate, because illegal immigrants were initially stunned by the president's early messaging but are now disregarding it.

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