By Tyler Durden
Two and a half months after President Donald Trump picked John Kelly to replace Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff, Trump has reportedly settled on Kelly’s replacement at DHS. And unsurprisingly, it’s the candidate that Kelly has been pulling for, Kirstjen Nielsen, who served as his deputy when he ran the department.
A handful of media outlets reported Wednesday afternoon that Trump would soon announce that he’s selected Nielsen, who will then need to be confirmed by the Senate.
Politico reports that Nielsen served as White House chief of staff John Kelly’s top aide during his time as DHS secretary, and moved with him to the West Wing as his principal deputy chief of staff when he decamped for the White House in July.
Nielsen, 45, is a cybersecurity expert and an attorney with an extensive background in homeland security, including stints at the Transportation Security Administration and on the White House Homeland Security Council under President George W. Bush. Elaine Duke has been serving as acting secretary since Kelly stepped down.
As Axios explains, Nielsen was picked because nobody in the White House is closer to Kelly.
Michael Allen, a respected GOP national security figure who worked with Nielsen on …read more