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Former DHS chief of staff nominated to be homeland security secretary

Former DHS chief of staff nominated to be homeland security secretary

President Trump officially announced his nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security Thursday, introducing Kirstjen Nielsen, most recently a White House aide dubbed Chief of Staff John Kelly's enforcer.

Nielsen who worked under Kelly at DHS before coming to the White House - only to go back to DHS in Kelly's old role - has earned a reputation of being tough to work with, as Kelly worked to narrow the flow of information and people into the Oval Office.

Nielsen formerly served as John Kelly's chief of staff when he held the position of Trump's first DHS secretary. She moved with him in late July to the White House when he became chief of staff after the ouster of Reince Priebus.

Nielsen would be the first former DHS staffer to lead the department, which was created by former President George W. Bush in 2003. "And I know you will never waver in fulfilling your obligations to the citizens, the laws and the country we all took an oath to protect", Trump said.

Though the White House confirmed her nomination, the president gave an on-camera announcement Thursday afternoon.




Nielsen, speaking after the president, said it was a "privilege" to have served in the administration.

Elaine Duke has been serving as acting DHS secretary since then.

Nielsen has drawn some criticism as she and Kelly have tried to bring order to Trump's chaotic administration.

On Wednesday, she greeted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau to the White House in a jaw-dropping grey pinstripe pantsuit outfit. She was forced to clarify her claim last month that the federal response to Maria is "a good news story".

Notable as a serious minded player and policy geek, Ms. Nielsen emerges improbable to disembark at the center of the kind of disagreement that have deluged Mr. Trump's presidency.