On her way out of the Trump Administration, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she thanked the President for giving her the chance to head the department.
Speaking to reporters outside of her home, Nielsen said “I just want to thank the President again for the tremendous opportunity to serve this country. I am forever grateful and proud of the men and women of DHS who worked so hard every day to execute their missions and to protect the Homeland."
Replacing Nielsen is Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, who will take over her role in an acting capacity. Administration officials say Nielsen didn’t have very many allies left in the white house when she departed, especially after chief of staff John Kelly left the administration last year.
John Kelly was replaced by Mick Mulvaney, who often butted heads with Nielsen and openly complained about her to the President. John Bolton, national security adviser to the president, also targeted Nielsen and often criticized the way she handled immigration issues. According to people familiar with the relationship between the two, Bolton had no hesitation when it came to letting the president know about his reservations regarding Nielsen’s role as Department of Homeland Security Secretary.
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