REPORT: President Trump May Select Kirstjen Nielsen as DHS Secretary…

We would not be surprised to find out this report is either accurate or slightly incorrect.  It is entirely possible that President Trump may also keep Elaine Duke as DHS head and appoint Kirstjen Neilsen as Duke’s deputy.  Obviously President Trump will keenly weigh former DHS head and current CoS John Kelly’s thoughts on both candidates.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to nominate his chief of staff’s deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, as his next secretary of Homeland Security.

That’s according to four people familiar with the decision, including two administration officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about a personnel decision before it was officially announced. While two of those people cautioned that the president could always change his mind before a formal announcement, the others said the decision was slated to be announced formally Thursday.

Nielsen was John Kelly’s deputy when he served as Trump’s first DHS secretary and moved with Kelly to the White House when he was tapped to be Trump’s chief of staff. She is an expert in homeland and national security policy and previously served as a special assistant to former President George W. Bush and worked for the Transportation Security Administration.

Elaine Duke has been filling in as acting secretary of the department. But she raised eyebrows when she described the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as a “good news story.”

Neither the White House nor Nielsen responded to requests for comment on the plans, which were first reported by Politico.  (read more)

 

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48 Responses to REPORT: President Trump May Select Kirstjen Nielsen as DHS Secretary…

  1. fleporeblog says:

    I hope that Elaine Duke stays on as a Deputy because the woman has done a fantastic job since General Kelly moved over to the WH. I don’t know this woman but I trust the decision that our President will make. Either way, it is wonderful that another woman is brought on to fill a cabinet position. The Left is going to find it harder and harder to call our President a misogynist given all the women that are in his cabinet!

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  2. Sandra-VA says:

    Whenever nominees leak out like this, they end up not being nominated. So, maybe someone is trying to quash it before it happens…

    She sounds very qualified, but so does Duke who has been there since the creation of the agency.

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  3. appadoo9 says:

    I don’t like leaks

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  4. appadoo9 says:

    Don’t speak. You’re not authorized, or didn’t you get the memo AH

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  5. Jennifer Kashani says:

    Elaine Duke did not describe the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as a “feel good story” – she referred to the acts of those helping in the recovery efforts as a “feel good story!”

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    • Jennifer Kashani says:

      I mean a “good news story” – I’m as bad as the media lol!

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    • Jerzy2GA says:

      That’s exactly what I got from what she said. FEMA was never designed to essentially replace an existing governments disaster planning. This is partly why FEMA had fewer issues in the states. Isn’t the San Juan loser being investigated along with 3 others mayors?

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      • Doug says:

        replace a government is more like it… puerto rico is and has been a disaster for decades.. they are going to waste and steal as much as they can under the guise of disaster relief

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  6. georgiafl says:

    OK Sundance, putting that handsome ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Marine General photo makes up for the Paddock death photo and then some!

    I must be getting into my second childhood/adolescence, because I’d like some posters of Trump’s Generals and Chief of Security Schiller would make great decorations for my office!

    Posters or a Calendar would be a great fund-raiser, President Trump! (hint, hint)

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  7. georgiafl says:

    Wikipedia already has Nielsen listed as the DHS Director Nominee:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirstjen_Nielsen

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  8. Sayit2016 says:

    Why is President Trump possibly appointing women ? I mean with him being a sexist, misogynist, woman hater ? I get so confused……; )

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  9. FL_GUY says:

    I have an idea that President Trump is working on building a major winning team. Already, some players have not made the cut and he has no problem showing them the door. President Trump is the Boss (Coach). He calls the plays and any player who doesn’t perform, will leave the team. In the end, it will be the strongest, most winning team in the history of the USA!

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  10. POP says:

    Elaine or Kirstjen: I bet they both get through airport “security” without being touched up.

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  11. emet says:

    Runs sunesis consulting, basically got two DHS contracts, looks like a one person operation? Designated “disadvantaged women” No military or law enforcement experience. LOOKS Like a typical OBAMA APPOIntee

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  12. Summer says:

    Can’t we just have another general? Or even better, scrap the whole department?

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  13. fedback says:

    Was hoping for someone to continue Gen Kelly’s excellent work at DHS. Picking his deputy sounds like a good idea. And Kelly can keep an eye on her

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  14. Skinner says:

    Why do we need DHS? Shut it down! Kabuki security theater BS.

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  15. chicagodeplorable says:

    Fox just reported that PDJT did nominate Kirstjen Nielsen.

    t

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  16. senda72 says:

    Chad Pergram covers Congress for FOX News. He’s won an Edward R. Murrow Award and the Joan Barone Award for his reporting on Capitol Hill. (per his Twitter page)

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  17. Patriot1783 says:

    Kirstjen Neilsen nominated!

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  18. emet says:

    DHS rank and file trust Kelly. So he can lead. DHS rank and file will not trust this lady, so she cannot lead. No more “experts” please. Need someone to fix DHS…and its not her.

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  19. Bull Durham says:

    From her formal education, she is not a cyber techie. She is well educated but has only top level management background. So she comes with bureaucratic skills. During a period of advanced cyber security breeches, leaks, lack of a national strategy and warfare inside the IC, she has a lot of work to do shape up DHS.

    She should become very familiar with WikiLeaks Vault 7 of all the tools used by CIA and NSA to penetrate networks all around the globe and plant evidence against other nations. Those tools have all been turned against US citizens and corporations. (Of course, the blame is always on Russia, the Chinese and North Korea, but the actual facts are Langley is the great menace we face. And Fort Meade follows closely.)

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  20. Shadrach says:

    I suspect Nielsen was nominated (instead of Duke) because she is a shark. Just me being judgmental, but Duke looks like a really nice person, and until DHS is sorted out, a nice person isn’t what they need.

    If I were a betting person, I’d guess Nielsen will be there about a year, hold a blood-letting, cause a come to Jesus moment, leave, and then Duke will take over. DHS is a highly dysfunctional agency, and has been since it was formed. A bunch of different agencies, each with different cultures, was all glommed together. That doesn’t work with playdoh, and it doesn’t work with agencies.

    FEMA is kicking butt right now, and the border wall is getting built, so we’re forgetting that DHS has serious need of a hatchet man (or woman) to get it straightened out and working like a finely run machine.
    Just my 2 cents.

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  21. MVW says:

    She is COS Kelly’s pick. If she does not do what is needed he will handle it. And Duke is still deputy. Enough said.

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  22. President Trump needs a department he can trust with cyber security.

    It may become the next “capability component” to put into the DHS quiver.

    DHS is already beginning to kick in with the Border Patrol and ICE.

    Now to weed out the Obama Embeds and Obstructionists and ramp up the Deportation-Prosecution-Incarceration program to Trump Speed.

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    • Blacksmith8 says:

      DHS did such a great job with TSA. Let’s put them in charge of cyber because they couldn’t possibly screw it up worse than NSA.
      It’s not you BKR, it’s me. I don’t trust the DHS or any other spawn of the Patriot Act.

      We need a smaller cabinet. We need to be rid of the latest bloat. We need to eliminate EVERY FEDERAL AGENCY AND PROGRAM since 1976. Yes I’d like to go back in time and erase the peanut farmers legacy too.

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      • Bush & Obama were incapable of appointing start-up and then transformational leaders and getting them to deliver: Bush by ineptitude and Obama by malice. It’s the LEADERSHIP (at first) and now the consequent operating methods and culture. President Trump is just getting ramped up, and before 2018 is out, we’re going to need the scale and scope of DHS (and other agencies’ capabilities) under Patriot Leaders to fend off and then obliterate anarchy.

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  23. Blacksmith8 says:

    This is an agency we don’t need at all. Nielsen worked for Bush at TSA (the second dumbest idea in our country’s history), but did good for General Kelly. Duke has been at DHS since inception. That means she was there working for Bush as well.

    What I want to know is which one want to terminate the whole TSA. Hire 10,000 to CBP. Go to work.

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