Tough border stance has DHS boss Kirstjen Nielsen back in Trump’s good graces, reports say


Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s tough stance at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks may have saved her job, according to reports.

Nielsen’s post-midterm job performance, particularly her tough response to the migrant caravan, seems to have impressed President Trump, who previously said she wasn’t a strong enough defender of the border, Politico reported.

Support from administration allies such as Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also helped Nielsen’s cause — as have Nielsen’s own words and actions at the border, the report said.

“No one has been working harder to implement the president’s security-focused agenda than Secretary Nielsen,” DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton told Politico. “She is fully focused on supporting the men and women of DHS, the mission at hand, and solving the crisis at the border.”

In November, Nielsen defended the use of tear gas against migrants entering the U.S., echoing Trump’s argument.- READ MORE

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