Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump To Nominate John Kelly Deputy As Next DHS Chief

Trump To Nominate John Kelly Deputy As Next DHS Chief

US President Donald Trump was expected to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, an aide to White House chief of staff John Kelly, to lead the Department of Homeland Security, a White House official said on Wednesday. She now serves as Kelly's principal deputy chief of staff and was also his chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security.

Putting Nielsen into the Homeland Security post will allow Trump and Kelly to keep a close eye on the department, but getting her out of the White House could permit some relaxing of Kelly's strictness. But her allies and fans she said was simply helping to professionalize the West Wing - the sort of necessary but thankless task that often leaves some staff members griping. She is also the first nominee for the position to have previously worked for DHS, they said.

Don't blame iOS 11 for your iPhone becoming sluggish
AirBeamTV is the first company worldwide who made it possible to mirror screen and audio from iOS devices to Samsung Smart TVs. The video below from the guys over at 9 to 5 Mac give us a look at some of the new features in the latest beta of iOS 11.1.

According to Politico, White House aides recognize Nielsen for her no-nonsense approach, apparently in stark contrast to the way former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus handled things.

Elaine Duke is running the DHS on an interim basis. But she raised eyebrows when she described the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as a "good news story". That comment drew a critical response from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has been an outspoken critic of how the Trump administration has responded to the situation on the ground in Puerto Rico. Her departure leaves Kelly looking to fill another crucial administrative vacancy.

Justices end 4th Circuit travel-ban challenge
The challenges in both cases already have renewed their lawsuits in the lower courts, starting the legal process anew. That is likely because that ruling also covered a temporary ban on refugees which expires later this month.

Besides serving under Kelly at DHS earlier in 2017, Nielsen worked at the Transportation Security Administration, sat on former President George W. Bush's White House Homeland Security Council and established herself as a cybersecurity expert.

Nielsen's work on Bush's botched hurricane relief efforts could come under scrutiny from Democrats.

Spain's Socialist party agrees with gov't to ask Catalonia to clarify
Spanish police cracked down on the polls, beating some voters as they closed down polling stations. About 90 per cent of participants voted in favour of splitting from Spain in the referendum.

Added Frances Townsend, her boss at the White House during the Bush administration: "She is tough as nails, competent and has rightly earned the president's respect".

Like this: