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Kirstjen Nielsen resigns as DHS secretary after meeting with Trump

The president has named U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan as acting secretary.
Credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen listens as Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a news conference in Baltimore, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, to announce efforts to combat the MS-13 street gang with law enforcement and immigration actions.

President Donald Trump says he's accepted the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Trump announced the resignation in a tweet on Sunday.

Two sources said Nielsen went to the White House Sunday to speak with Trump following their trip to the border late last week. The people say she has been frustrated by difficulty getting other departments to help with the growing number of families coming crossing the border.

Nielsen had been on the chopping block before. Trump threatened to fire her and she previously considered resigning, but officials at the time recognized there were no obvious successors in place.

The people were not authorized to speak publicly about internal matters and spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity.

Nielsen first joined the Trump administration in January 2017 as Chief of Staff to then-Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly.

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