Trump nominates new secretary of Department of Homeland Security

Trump nominates new secretary of Department of Homeland Security

Nielsen also served on former President George W. Bush's Homeland Security Council. "And I know you will never waver in fulfilling your obligations to the citizens, the laws and the country we all took an oath to protect", Trump said.

Michael Allen, a colleague that worked with her in the Bush administration opined, "She's a total homeland security expert - absolutely has no learning curve".

Nielsen added that at DHS she plans to continue to provide support to communities struck by the recent wave of natural disasters, promising to "remain fully engaged in the long recovery effort ahead of us". When Kelly moved to the White House in July, Nielsen joined him as his principal deputy chief of staff.

Trump said in October 12 remarks at the White House that Nielson was "right by [Kelly's] side" during his tenure as homeland security secretary. She is the premiere candidate for the homeland security post who had benefited in the department according to the statement. Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Las Vegas highlights Islamist terrorism is not America's greatest domestic threat MORE (D-Mo.), to "expedite the consideration of Ms. Nielsen's nomination".

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On Wednesday, she greeted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau to the White House in a jaw-dropping grey pinstripe pantsuit outfit.

"I think her credentials are being a little bit inflated", said the former official, who requested anonymity to speak candidly. Elaine Duke has been serving as acting DHS secretary since then.

Her nomination comes at a time when the president and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which DHS oversees, have come under staunch criticism for the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

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