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Kirstjen Nielsen becomes Trump's immigration scapegoat

Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen speaks as President Donald Trump holds a roundtable discussion with law enforcement officials. Photo: MANDEL NGAN / AFP / Getty Images
Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen speaks as President Donald Trump holds a roundtable discussion with law enforcement officials. Photo: MANDEL NGAN / AFP / Getty Images

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has become Trump’s immigration scapegoat — which generates friction between the president and his chief of staff, John Kelly, who is extremely close with her and believes his criticism of her is unwarranted and misplaced.

The bottom line: From when Nielsen was first nominated as secretary of homeland security, Trump had misgivings. I’ve learned that Trump even threatened to pull Nielsen’s nomination in a heated Oval Office meeting the week after she was nominated. Trump had been watching several Fox News personalities, including Ann Coulter, rip Nielsen as soft on the border. And as the Washington Post first reported, Trump claimed not to have known that Nielsen worked for George W. Bush, who he views as worse than most Democrats.