Trump Picks Top White House Aide to run Homeland Security

Trump urges quick confirmation for Homeland Security pick Nielsen

Trump urges quick confirmation for Homeland Security pick Nielsen

President Donald Trump officially announced Thursday the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen, John Kelly's former principal deputy chief of staff, to be the new nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Kelly served as Trump's DHS secretary for just over six months before replacing Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff over the summer. That might have contributed to Trump thinking about her highly.

Nielsen is a close confidant of Kelly and an expert in national security policy. Bush's homeland security council, and in the Transportation Security Administration, which is part of the department she would take over.

The president says first lady Melania Trump especially will miss Neilsen around the White House.

Nielsen acknowledged Thursday that she will be taking the reins during a hard period.

Nielsen, speaking after the president, said it was a "privilege" to have served in the administration.

Nielsen is now the White House principal deputy chief of staff.

Nielsen has drawn some criticism as she and Kelly have tried to bring order to Trump's chaotic administration.

"I think her credentials are being a little bit inflated", said the former official, who requested anonymity to speak candidly. That includes restricting access to the Oval Office and streamlining the flow of information to the president. "It seems like more of a lazy pick than a wide search".

"I share president's profound commitment to security of our country", she said at a brief White House ceremony.

Trump urged the Senate to look at Nielsen's qualifications, calling for a quick confirmation.

Duke received praise for her handling of hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida, but has come under fire over the devastation in Puerto Rico.

The White House said Wednesday in a written announcement that Nielsen 'has extensive professional experience in the areas of homeland security policy and strategy, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, and emergency management'.

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