WASHINGTON - President Trump introduced his pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security Thursday, formally nominating White House staffer and cybersecurity expert Kristjen Nielsen. She moved with him in late July to the White House when he became chief of staff after the ouster of Reince Priebus. She served as a special assistant to former President George W. Bush.
Trump said Thursday that Nielsen will need "no on the job training" and will be "ready on Day One".
Some people recounted Ms. Nielsen's advancement as an explanation to a noxious workforce circumstance while others perturbed discreetly that her digression would generate a void at the White House that will be laborious to fill. "Mr. President, if confirmed, it will be the highest honor of my life to again work with and support these remarkable public servants and to continue to serve all of the American people".
Nielsen added that at DHS she plans to continue to provide support to communities struck by the recent wave of natural disasters, promising to "remain fully engaged in the long recovery effort ahead of us". Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Las Vegas highlights Islamist terrorism is not America's greatest domestic threat MORE (D-Mo.), to "expedite the consideration of Ms. Nielsen's nomination". Before she worked in the Trump administration, Nielsen founded a risk and security management consulting firm.
While at the Bush White House she was in charge of emergency preparedness, and came in for criticism in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
If confirmed, Nielsen would replace Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke, who was widely criticized for characterizing the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico as "a good news story".