Kirstjen Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, is resigning from her position

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expected to resign report

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expected to resign report

After CBS News reported Nielsen meant to resign Sunday from the position she has held since December 2017, the president confirmed on Twitter she would be leaving her position.

But Trump has said he is frustrated with the situation along the US border with Mexico and analysts say he believes Nielsen has not been strong enough in curbing the flow of migrants trying to enter the U.S.

The president said he is nominating Kevin McAleenan, the current commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as her replacement. He said he had confidence that McAleenan "will do a great job!" She went into a meeting with Mr Trump at the White House in Sunday not knowing whether she'd be fired or would resign, and she ended up resigning, they said.

The President confirmed the news in a tweet later the same evening, and thanked her for her 16 months of service.

Nielsen hadn't been told of the president's decision, nor did she agree with it.

Democrats have long called for Nielsen's resignation, albeit for different reasons.

Images of sobbing children being taken from their parents previous year fuelled a national outcry as condemnation poured in from the United Nations, human rights groups, and four former first ladies - all mothers - who called the policy "cruel" and "immoral".

"I hope that the next Secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America's borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation's discourse", she wrote to Trump. Nielsen was seen as Kelly's protegee.

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Kirsten Nielsen, the embattled homeland security secretary who over the past year has acted as the public face of some of the Trump administration's most contentious policies, has resigned.

The dissonance between Mr. Trump and Ms. Nielsen was particularly pronounced of late as the Secretary struggled to keep up with her boss's agenda.

She's been increasingly on thin ice in the eyes of the President. If it's a bad policy, then change it.

Nielsen was tapped to lead the agency after Gen. John Kelly left to take up the chief of staff position in the White House.

Trump's frustrations were placed on Nielsen's head, the Washington Post reported.

The role didn't gain her popularity, but it helped her gain enough of Trump's trust to elevate her to the Cabinet post.

Tapper reports that Nielsen is at the White House to discuss how the Department of Homeland Security handles asylum requests.

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