Updated May 10, 2018

NYT: Homeland Security chief drafted resignation after scolding from Trump

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump reportedly "berated" Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday, which prompted her to draft a resignation letter, reports the New York Times, as he "railed" at his cabinet over immigration and "their lack of progress" in closing the borders to illegal immigrants.

What happened: Trump reportedly called out Nielsen, specifically — who Axios' Jonathan Swan has reported, is Trump's "immigration scapegoat." The Times adds that she said she shouldn't continue as Secretary if Trump saw her as failing to do her job. A Homeland Security official denied the report, telling Axios that Nielsen "did not threaten to resign, did not write a letter, and did not offer to resign."

The backdrop: The two have clashed over a family separation policy, with Nielsen urging against taking children from their parents after crossing the border illegally.

  • Nielsen said in a statement: “The President is rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of Congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people. I share his frustration."

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Pelosi warns U.S. allies against working with China's Huawei

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday cautioned U.S. allies against allowing Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop their 5G networks, arguing at the Munich Security Conference that doing so is akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Pelosi's hawkish stance marks a rare area of agreement with the Trump administration, which believes Huawei is a national security threat because the Chinese government may be capable of accessing its equipment for espionage.

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Judge sets "scheduling" conference call ahead of Roger Stone sentencing

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has requested a Feb. 18 "scheduling" conference call in the Roger Stone case, two days before the former Trump associate is set to be sentenced.

Why it matters: Stone's defense team on Friday filed a sealed motion for a new trial — the second time they've done so — amid allegations of juror bias and a growing controversy over Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention in the case.

Biden says Bloomberg's money can't "erase" his record

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that Michael Bloomberg's vast fortune cannot "erase" his record, and that scrutiny of Bloomberg's positions on things like race and policing will ramp up now that he's in the national spotlight.

Why it matters: Biden's polling free fall in the wake of poor performances in Iowa and New Hampshire has coincided with a surge for Bloomberg, who appeals to a similar moderate bloc of the Democratic Party. The billionaire's limitless spending capacity poses an especially stark threat to Biden, who has struggled with fundraising.