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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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