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Trump to nominate White House aide as DHS secretary

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President Donald Trump announces his nominiaton of Kirstjen Nielsen to become Secretary of Homeland Security, at the White House on Thursday.

Nielsen previously worked as Kelly's chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security and then followed him into the White House when he replaced Reince Priebus as Trump's White House chief of staff at the end of July.

Nielsen formerly served as John Kelly's chief of staff when he held the position of Trump's first DHS secretary.

"She has won the universal respect of my entire cabinet and senior White House staff", said Trump.

Nielsen is an attorney who has experience in homeland security and cybersecurity, having served on the White House Homeland Security Council under President George W. Bush.

"There will be no on-the-job training", he said.

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Some people recounted Ms. Nielsen's advancement as an explanation to a noxious workforce circumstance while others perturbed discreetly that her digression would generate a void at the White House that will be laborious to fill.

"I share the president's profound commitment to the security of our country and the safety of the American people", Nielsen said during the ceremony. She is the premiere candidate for the homeland security post who had benefited in the department according to the statement.

The trust Kelly has in Nielsen will be crucial because, if confirmed, she'll have plenty on her plate. Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Las Vegas highlights Islamist terrorism is not America's greatest domestic threat MORE (D-Mo.), to "expedite the consideration of Ms. Nielsen's nomination".

Her nomination comes at a time when the president and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which DHS oversees, have come under staunch criticism for the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Neilsen is an expert in homeland and national security policy.

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