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White House Aide Is Selected to Run Homeland Security Department

11 October 2017

Nielsen now is the principal deputy to White House chief of staff John Kelly.

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President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, a cybersecurity expert and deputy White House chief of staff, to be Homeland Security secretary, a job left vacant when John Kelly left the department to become White House chief of staff in July, four administration officials confirmed Wednesday. She previously worked as a homeland security adviser in Republican President George W. Bush's White House and at the Transportation Security Administration. She will then be subject to Senate confirmation. Mr. Kelly had drafted Ms. Nielsen to be his chief of staff at the Homeland Security department, and when the president plucked him to serve in the West Wing, he brought her to the White House as his No. 2. Former colleagues said on Wednesday that she was well-qualified.

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Prior to Nielsen's work for the current administration, she consulted on homeland security and preparedness matters, according to her biography at The George Washington University where she was a senior fellow at the school's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. Her departure leaves Kelly looking to fill another crucial administrative vacancy. Increased border security and a possible overhaul of the immigration system remain top campaign promises Trump has yet to fulfill, including his trademark wall on the border with Mexico. In that time, it has faced hurricanes that battered Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

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White House Aide Is Selected to Run Homeland Security Department