Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday afternoon she still supports the president “securing the border” following her resignation Sunday.
“I share the president’s goal of securing the border. I will continue to support all efforts to address the humanitarian and security crisis on the border,” she said to reporters in Alexandria, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington.
She also thanked President Trump for allowing her “the opportunity to serve this country.”
Ms. Nielsen submitted her resignation to the White House Sunday, blaming Congress for no longer listening to her advocacy for Mr. Trump’s agenda.
“I hope the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure Americans borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse,” she wrote.
In the same thread, Mr. Trump announced U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, a well-liked, experienced border official, will become the acting head of the department.
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