Friday, May 11, 2018
Michael D. Shear and Nicole Perlroth for the New York Times reports that Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told colleagues she was close to resigning after President Trump berated her earlier this week in front of the entire cabinet for what he said was her failure to adequately secure the nation’s borders, according to several current and former officials familiar with the episode. Nielsen has drafted a resignation letter but has not submitted it, according to two of the people. As the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Nielsen is in charge of the 20,000 employees who work for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Trump’s anger toward Nielsen was part of a lengthy tirade in which the president railed at his cabinet about what he said was its lack of progress toward sealing the country’s borders against illegal immigrants, according to one person who was present at the meeting.
Trump administration officials have been providing many interviews in the last few days. Here is a May 10 NPR interview with Nielsen defending the Trump administration's immigration policies. Michael D. Shear in the New York Times reports on the President's frustration with immigration enforcement. Paul Waldman in the Washington Post critically analyzes White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly's interview with NPR. Walman observes that, during the interview, Kelly made "some remarks on immigration that are seriously problematic, both factually and philosophically. One key takeaway: Unlike his boss, Kelly speaks calmly and carefully, but his ideas are rooted in the same kind of misconceptions and even bigotry that drive both President Trump’s thinking and the policies of his administration."