In a Cabinet meeting regarding immigration last week, Trump was irate and had harsh sentiments for Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security Secretary.
When Trump was told that for two months in a row the number of undocumented immigrants crossing the border at Mexico had hit 50,000, he was furious. The enraged Trump, based on an insider’s report, said that Trump’s face reddened and he raised his voice as he told Nielsen that she needed to “close down” the border to Mexico.
Trump’s anger made many in the room feel uncomfortable, and by the time the topic had moved on to healthcare, many were thankful that the talk of immigration was over.
“Why don’t you have solutions?” Trump yelled at Nielsen, “How is this still happening?” “We eed to shut it down,” he continued, “We’re closed.”
According to sources, Nielsen countered Trump, informing him that the laws were confining her ability to stop undocumented immigrants from entering the country. Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to come to Nielsen’s aid, saying that the administration was going to continue trying to find new ways to reduce these numbers.
Rumors flew that Nielsen had drafted a resignation letter after Trump’s outburst. But, a statement released on Thursday, said that these rumors were unwarranted.
If Nielsen were to suddenly step down, there would not be an immediate replacement because the position for deputy secretary of Homeland Security is currently vacant.
An insider told The Washington Post that Nielsen is probably not looking to resign, saying, “She feels like she’s doing the best she can and doing a good job on immigration, but she also has to follow the law…It’s frustrating to have your boss unhappy about that.”
Trump’s attitude towards Nielsen has always been scathing, according to White House officials, complaining that she is “not tough enough” and that she was a “George W. Bush person.”
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