Trump nominates his deputy chief of staff to lead DHS

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The White House announced Wednesday that President Trump plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead the Department of Homeland Security. "And I know you will never waver in fulfilling your obligations to the citizens, the laws and the country we all took an oath to protect", Trump said.

For instance, Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee was also among those that were being considered for the position.

Nielsen was former DHS Secretary John Kelly's deputy when he served in that role and moved with Kelly to the White House when he was tapped to be Trump's chief of staff.

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Kirstjen Nielsen will be heading the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in her career, she worked as a special assistant to former President George W. Bush.

The Senate will need to confirm Nielsen's nomination.

"She has won the universal respect of my entire cabinet and senior White House staff", said Trump. She has reportedly acted as Kelly's enforcer as he has sought to impose order and discipline on a chaotic and disorganized West Wing.

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Mr. Kelly pushed hard for her selection, making a personal appeal to Mr. Trump during a monthslong search process.

Elaine Duke has been serving as acting DHS secretary since Kelly departed the agency for the White House in July. "It seems like more of a lazy pick than a wide search".

"However, I am very concerned about her past work in the Bush Administration during its botched response to Hurricane Katrina and am fearful that DHS - as well as this President - has not learned all the lessons from that tragedy given what we are seeing unravel in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands".

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