Sen­ate urged to ap­prove Home­land Se­cu­rity pick

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - MORNING BRIEFING -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Thurs­day in­tro­duced his choice to lead the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, a for­mer staffer at the post-9/11 fed­eral agency who he says will need “no on-the-job train­ing” for the lead role.

Trump also called on Con­gress to “put pol­i­tics aside” and con­firm deputy White House chief of staff Kirst­jen Nielsen by a “strong, bi­par­ti­san vote.”

But even be­fore Trump had for­mally an­nounced Nielsen’s ap­point­ment dur­ing an East Room cer­e­mony at­tended by much of the Cabi­net and se­nior mem­bers of the White House staff, at least one con­gres­sional Demo­crat said her role dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina should be scru­ti­nized.

The Sen­ate must con­firm Nielsen’s nom­i­na­tion.

WASH­ING­TON — The re­tired gen­eral brought in to in­still or­der at the White House made a rare pub­lic ap­pear­ance Thurs­day to de­clare he’s stay­ing in his post — and to in­sist that the pres­i­dent’s volatile Twit­ter feed wasn’t mak­ing his job harder.

“Un­less things change, I’m not quit­ting, I’m not get­ting fired and I don’t think I’ll fire any­one to­mor­row,” chief of staff John Kelly told re­porters dur­ing a sur­prise show­ing at the daily White House briefing. “I don’t think I’m be­ing fired to­day, and I’m not so frus­trated in this job that I’m think­ing of leav­ing.”

The state­ment drew a bit of laugh­ter, but it re­flected on­go­ing tur­moil in the top ranks of a White House riven by staff changes and in­ter­nal feuds.

Kelly pushed back against re­cent re­ports that he and Trump were clash­ing, but he ac­knowl­edged he

Kirst­jen Nielsen

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