DHS Sec. Was 'Close' To Resigning Over Trump Tantrum, Hasn't Done So

Donald Trump and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, another hard-line group, said Ms. Nielsen's approach to border security is less like Mr. Trump's campaign messaging and more like the moderate approach taken by Mr.

1 person in the assembly said Trump railed in the whole Cabinet on what he said was deficiency of advancement keeping out illegal immigrants, " the occasions said.

The exchange was so hostile, according to The New York Times, that Nielsen later informed colleagues that she planned to leave the administration and drafted a resignation letter, though she did not submit it.

Nielsen, the Times reported, "told associates after the meeting that she should not continue in the job if the president did not view her as effective".

Trump nominated Nielsen to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"I share his frustration", she added.

What Trump didn't note when conveying those orders, however, is that the USA has a domestic and global legal obligation to process any immigrant who comes to its borders seeking asylum.

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"We are a country of laws and the president and his administration will enforce them". They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose private conversations.

He also went off on other cabinet officials who missed his expectations on stemming the flow of undocumented immigrants in the USA, one source who attended the meeting said.

According to The New York Times, the president complained his administration has to do more on border security.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the incident in Thursday's press briefing. As the head of homeland security, Nielsen reportedly felt that the president's anger was directed toward her and considered leaving her position.

Trump has let his frustration surrounding immigration issues be known to the public, especially recently, as a caravan of about 150 migrants from Central America made its way to the southern border. "Give me some reinforcements, please", he urged the crowd, referring to Republicans in Congress who have balked at the billions of dollars he has requested for border security. Chief of Staff John Kelly defended the policy in an interview Thursday with NPR, explaining that the brutal "technique" was temporarily necessary to deter migrants who "don't integrate well" into American society.

Trump, she told the Times, is "rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border". A conviction for illegal entry carries a maximum penalty of six months in custody for first-time crossers, though they usually do far less time, and two years for repeat offenses.

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