Trump taps Nielsen for DHS chief
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday introduced his choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security, a former staffer at the sprawling post-9/11 federal agency who he says will need “no on-thejob 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.
“There will be no on-thejob training for Kirstjen. She is ready on Day One,” Trump said, essentially declaring her fit to begin serving, if not for the Senate. Elaine Duke has led the department in an acting capacity.
Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of Homeland Security, speaks Thursday in the White House in Washington.