U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday officially nominated his current deputy chief of staff, Kirstjen Nielsen, to serve as his Homeland Security secretary. "Truly there is nothing more valuable than to feel secure in your homeland".
Nielsen, 45, a cyber security expert with an extensive background in homeland security, has a close working relationship with Trump's chief of staff John Kelly. Her supporters say she has been trying to help professionalize the White House.
"There, she quickly reinforced a sterling reputation as a dedicated leader whose No. 1 priority is always the safety and security of our country and our citizens, not politics of ideology".
Trump added: "That sets her apart".
In accepting the nomination, Nielsen said she hopes to "live up to the standards the American people expect and deserve".
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Trump praised Kelly as well as acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke during Thursday's announcement, thanking her for her response to the wildfires in California and the devastating series of hurricanes.
She'll be the first who formerly worked at the agency. She previously worked as a special assistant to George W. Bush and for the Transportation Security Administration.
The Senate will need to confirm Nielsen's nomination. But Nielsen is not expected to face an especially hard fight, given her background as an experienced professional and a no-nonsense, nonpartisan manager. They were allowed to remain in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), whose protections will begin to expire in March, leaving them potentially facing deportation.
Trump urged the Senate to look at Nielsen's qualifications, calling for a quick confirmation. She is the premiere candidate for the homeland security post who had benefited in the department according to the statement.