Nielsen announced her resignation after a meeting with President Donald Trump yesterday, during which sources suggest she was forced out of the administration. Her departure highlights deepening divisions between the president and his appointees over immigration policy. Just two days earlier, Trump withdrew his selection of Ronald Vitiello to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement, citing a need to be “tougher.”
Who will replace Nielsen? Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan is serving as a seat-warmer as speculation centers on Energy Secretary Rick Perry and ex-Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.