Trump's Latest Cabinet Tirade Lasted 30 Minutes

12 May, 2018, 04:28 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Kirstjen Nielsen

Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen told staffers that she almost submitted her resignation Wednesday after President Trump reprimanded her in front of the entire cabinet, several officials familiar told the New York Times.

Two sources familiar with the blow-up claim Nielsen had written a letter of resignation.

According to multiple former and current officials with knowledge of the event, the president chided Nielsen over her perceived failure to adequately secure the country's borders.

Trump is now frustrated lately on growing numbers of illegal border crossings right after a drop throughout his first 12 months in office, " the Times explained, citing several officers.

The president's eruption was witnessed by Cabinet members plus a number of senior White House officials - including counselor Kellyanne Conway, advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, immigration adviser Stephen Miller and chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

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"The President is rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of Congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people", Nielsen said in the statement.

One person close to Nielsen said she is unlikely to resign.

What Trump didn't note when conveying those orders, however, was that the US has a domestic and worldwide legal obligation to process any immigrant who comes to its borders seeking asylum.

Nielsen viewed the president's rant as directed mostly at her, and she told associates after the meeting that she should not continue in the job if he did not view her as effective, according to reports.

During the meeting, Trump yelled about the United States' porous border and said more needed to be done to fix it. "The Secretary is hard at work today on the President's security-focused agenda and supporting the men and women of @DHSgov", Houlton wrote.

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During a rally in Elkhart, Indiana, Thursday evening, Trump complained, "We have the worst immigration laws in the history of mankind".

Trump's tirade went on so long that many present began fidgeting in their seats and flashing grimaces, White House aides said.

While border apprehensions dipped past year to their lowest levels ever, the numbers have been ticking up in recent months, returning to more typical historical levels.

"And now Kelly says to our own John Roberts - good reporting - 'I wanted to call her to make sure she wasn't going to quit.' So I guess the cover story didn't hold very long", he added. Another person said the president was primarily focused on the Homeland Security Department because he viewed Nielsen as primarily responsible for keeping unauthorized people out of the country.

Trump has clashed with Nielsen for weeks.

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