President Donald Trump nominated White House aide Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next secretary of Homeland Security on Wednesday. The picks is another win for White House Chief of staff John Kelly, who previously served as the DHS secretary.
Trump opened up his announcement by praising Kelly's tenure as Homeland Security secretary, and then reiterated how glad he is that he is still in the White House.
At a formal White House event to announce the nomination, Trump spoke highly of Nielsen and her "sterling reputation as a dedicated leader whose number one priority was the security of our citizens, not politics or ideology".
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Michael Allen, a colleague that worked with her in the Bush administration opined, "She's a total homeland security expert - absolutely has no learning curve".
Neither the White House nor Nielsen responded to requests for comment. She served on Mr.
"There will be no on-the-job training", he said.
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Nielsen has drawn some criticism as she and Kelly have tried to bring order to Trump's chaotic administration.
Among others under consideration for the DHS post were Energy Secretary Rick Perry and acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke.
The Senate will need to confirm Nielsen's nomination. That might have contributed to Trump thinking about her highly. And DHS will play a crucial role in continued recovery efforts after a particularly brutal hurricane season that devastated parts of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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The president says first lady Melania Trump especially will miss Neilsen around the White House. She was forced to clarify her claim last month that the federal response to Maria is "a good news story".