Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

Cab­i­net ten­sions: Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Kirst­jen Nielsen drafted a res­ig­na­tion let­ter last week af­ter Pres­i­dent Trump be­rated her dur­ing a Cab­i­net meet­ing for what he said was her fail­ure to ad­e­quately se­cure the na­tion’s borders, ac­cord­ing to Politico.com. The num­ber of ar­rests at the U.S.-Mex­ico border, con­sid­ered a proxy for il­le­gal cross­ings, fell to its low­est level since 1971 last year, but it’s been in­creas­ing steadily in re­cent months, and Nielsen has re­ceived the lion’s share of Trump’s blame for that re­ver­sal. Sev­eral of Trump’s ad­vis­ers have also com­plained to him that Nielsen, a vet­eran of the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion, wasn’t a vo­cal sup­porter of his dur­ing the 2016 campaign and may not fully sup­port his agenda. The ten­sions spilled into the open dur­ing last week’s Cab­i­net meet­ing, with Trump re­port­edly go­ing on a tirade aimed at Nielsen for 30 min­utes, while un­com­fort­able Cab­i­net mem­bers fid­geted in their seats. Nielsen, who has de­nied threat­en­ing to re­sign, said in a writ­ten state­ment that Trump “is rightly frus­trated” by il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

Nielsen: Fed up?

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