Nov 13, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump reportedly prepping to remove DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Kirstjen Nielsen

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images

President Trump is seeking to remove Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen with "a replacement who will implement his [immigration] policy ideas with more alacrity," the Washington Post reports.

Between the lines: As Axios' Jonathan Swan reported in April, Nielsen has long been viewed as Trump's "immigration scapegoat" as she is often the one forced to shoot down his unvetted ideas on border security — which sometimes come from people outside the White House, including Fox News personalities. Nielsen was chosen for the job by Chief of Staff John Kelly, her predecessor at DHS, who WaPo reports is battling against her potential dismissal.

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