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Kelly aide Kirstjen Nielsen to be named DHS Secretary

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Cecilia Poole | 12 October, 2017, 00:47

Kirstjen Nielsen, an expert in cybersecurity and former member of the White House Homeland Security Council, will be nominated as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Politico and other outlets are reporting.

Kelly served as secretary of Homeland Security for just over six months prior to the resignation of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus in late July.

Nielsen, a longtime DHS official who shepherded Kelly though the confirmation process when he was nominated to lead the agency, moved to the White House with Kelly when he accepted the job as Trump's chief of staff.

The official announcement could come as soon as Wednesday, although the officials cautioned nothing is set until Trump publicly announces her as the pick.

Putting Nielsen into the Homeland Security post will allow Trump and Kelly to keep a close eye on the department, but getting her out of the White House could permit some relaxing of Kelly's strictness.

If Nielsen's appointment is confirmed by the Senate, she would become the first former employee to run the department established after the terror attack on September 11, 2001. Increased border security and a possible overhaul of the immigration system remain top campaign promises Trump has yet to fulfill, including his trademark wall on the border with Mexico. "I think her no-nonsense, business-like manner is what earned the confidence, first of General Kelly, and now the President".

The department is a major player in implementing Trump's aggressive stance toward deporting illegal immigrants, as well as vetting the lower number of refugees Trump has made a decision to allow into the United States. She also created and managed the office of Legislative Policy and Government Affairs at the Transportation Security Administration.

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