Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is pushing back against a report that she told colleagues she was close to resigning Wednesday after President Trump scolded her at a cabinet meeting. According to the Times, the president had viewed Nielsen and other D.H.S. officials as resistant to the family-separation policy, but the West Wing ultimately won out. "Why don't you have solutions?" How is this still happening?" he said, adding later, "We need to shut it down. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose private conversations.
Trump has been a long critic of the current immigration system. Eventually, the topic moved on to health care, bringing relief to many in the room.
President Trump and Nielsen have "clashed for weeks about his belief that more should be done to secure the border".
The White House declined specific comment on whether Trump berated Nielsen, her assumed resignation letter and on whether Trump maintained confidence in Nielsen, who shot at DHS in December.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who pushed for Nielsen - his former deputy - to be DHS secretary, told reporters Friday that he expects her to stay on the job.
Mostly, though, Nielsen struggled to get a word in, said one senior official.
A Homeland Security spokesperson later denied the claims made in The Times's report: "The [New York Times] article alleging that the Secretary drafted a resignation letter yesterday and was close to resigning is false", spokesperson Tyler Houlton said.
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The White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request. "I share his frustration", she said.
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. "It's frustrating to have your boss unhappy about that".
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 16, 2018. He reminds staff that she was a "George W. Bush person" because of her previous tenure as a White House Homeland Security adviser.
In response, Nielsen issued a warning that any individuals who cross into the USA illegally will be prosecuted.
Trump has asked for frequent updates about the number of people attempting to cross the border illegally and has grown increasingly irritated at the recent trends.
"We've very much toughened up the border, but the laws are terrible", Mr. Trump said according to the report.
Illegal crossings plunged in the early phase of Trump's presidency, but have since returned to levels consistent with the last several years of the Obama administration.