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.
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