Homeland Security Denies Report That Secretary Drafted Resignation Letter

ImageKirstjen Nielsen the secretary of homeland security

According to The New York Times, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen nearly resigned Wednesday after a heated argument in which Trump allegedly berated her during a Cabinet meeting focused on immigration.

The secretary, he added, was "hard at work" Thursday "on the President's security-focused agenda and supporting the men and women of @DHSgov".

"The @nytimes article alleging that the Secretary drafted a resignation letter yesterday and was close to resigning is false", tweeted Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton.

Trump reportedly railed against Nielsen on Wednesday, saying that she failed to adequately secure the U.S. border.

She said Trump was "rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border".

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"I share his frustration", Nielsen's statement said.

According to the New York Times, President Trump's anger at Kirstjen Nielsen had been building up for a while.

The exchange was so hostile, according to The New York Times, that Nielsen later informed colleagues that she planned to leave the administration and drafted a resignation letter, though she did not submit it.

Trump has become frustrated in recent weeks over growing numbers of illegal border crossings after a drop during his first year in office, the Times said, citing several officials.

Administration officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide a candid account of the private meeting.

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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. He also questioned why Mexico had not done more to stop illegal immigrants from crossing into the U.S.

Winners of sheriff's races in Mecklenburg (Garry McFadden) and Durham County (Clarence Birkhead) have promised to make a 12-year-old agreement with federal immigration law titled 287 (g) history. She was retired Marine Corps General John Kelly's chief of staff when he was secretary of homeland security during the opening months of Trump's presidency.

Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had to explain to Trump that he didn't have the power to completely shut down the border.

"Border security is the most basic and necessary responsibility of a sovereign nation", she continued.

He also went off on other cabinet officials who missed his expectations on stemming the flow of undocumented immigrants in the US.

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"We should fold all of the TPS people that have been here for a considerable period of time and find a way for them to be on a path to citizenship", Kelly, one of President Donald Trump's top aides, said in an interview.

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