After months of being openly criticized by her boss – and Congress – Kirstjen Nielsen is out as the secretary of Homeland Security. In her resignation letter, Nielsen said she's confident that the nation is safer now than when she joined the administration.
Since being confirmed in December 2017, Nielsen noted the administration has "implemented historic efforts to defend our borders, combat illegal immigration, obstruct the inflow of drugs, and uphold our laws and values." She also touted strides in cyber security and disrupting terrorist plots against the country.
Meanwhile, President Trump has announced that Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will step into the role of acting Department of Homeland Security secretary. Meanwhile, the President has thanked Nielsen for her service via Twitter.
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