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BREAKING NEWS: DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen OUT

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is OUT - unclear if she resigned or was asked to leave.

Looks like Rachel Maddow is going to have another name to put on her giant board of resignations from the White House. The Wall Street Journal is that Kirstjen Nielsen resigned.

It is unclear from her resignation letter if she left on her own or if Trump asked her to step down because she wasn't putting enough kids in cages. Per , Trump and Nielsen clashed frequently and he repeatedly pushed her to go beyond legal boundaries in apprehensions on the border. Reportedly, this week, and asked her to the White House to basically demand she make the case on whether she should stay.

Trump tweeted this:

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

And then named an acting secretary:

....I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for . I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

Read the resignation letter

The new acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan was only confirmed to his previous position as. In interviews, , so it's expected that he will follow Trump's legally questionable dictates more willingly than Nielsen.


2/ Secretary Nielsen “believed the situation was becoming untenable with the President becoming increasingly unhinged about the border crisis and making unreasonable and even impossible requests,” a senior administration official tells CNN.

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper)

The Nielsen era was a disgrace, but we should all fear what comes next. This Administration’s inhumanity ultimately comes from one place—the top.

— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal)

One cruel, heartless Trump Cabinet member down...14 to go.

— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets)

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