Home­land Se­cu­rity nom­i­nee se­lected

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WASH­ING­TON >> Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced Wed­nes­day that he in­tends to nom­i­nate Kirst­jen Nielsen, a cybersecurity ex­pert and deputy White House chief of staff, to be sec­re­tary of home­land se­cu­rity, a job left va­cant when John Kelly de­parted to be­come White House chief of staff in July.

The White House, in a state­ment, de­scribed Nielsen as hav­ing “ex­ten­sive pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence in the ar­eas of home­land se­cu­rity pol­icy and strat­egy, cybersecurity, crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture, and emer­gency man­age­ment.”

Nielsen is a long­time Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity of­fi­cial who served as Kelly’s chief of staff when he was DHS sec­re­tary and ac­com­pa­nied him to the White House as his deputy. She also worked at the DHS dur­ing the Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion and founded a con­sult­ing firm fo­cused on risk and se­cu­rity man­age­ment.

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