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Homeland Security Chief Was Close To Resigning After Trump Tirade

Homeland Security Chief Was Close To Resigning After Trump Tirade

The Times' sources said Trump believes Nielsen and others are "resisting his direction that parents should be separated from their children when families cross illegally into the United States". Two senior White House officials described Nielsen as upset after the meeting, but said they were unaware of such a letter or threats to resign.

Kelly said that while most illegal immigrants "are not bad people. they're also not people that would easily assimilate" into modern American society.

A report from the New York Times claimed that Nielsen even wrote a letter of resignation after the outburst, but has not submitted it.

Nielsen did not deny the meeting had grown heated in a statement Thursday evening, but said she shared the president's frustrations.

Trump was furious with Nielsen, telling her he didn't think she was doing enough to secure the border.

"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's statement said. "The Secretary is hard at work today on the President's security-focused agenda".

"We are a country of laws and the president and his administration will enforce them".

Trump has growing increasingly angry about his inability to secure the border and has repeatedly called on Congress to pass new legislation to strengthen what he calls the nation's "horrible" immigration laws. She was retired Marine Corps General John Kelly's chief of staff when he was secretary of homeland security during the opening months of Trump's presidency. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose private conversations.

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. The Post's account, headlined "Trump unloads on Homeland Security secretary in lengthy immigration tirade", adds the details that "Trump's tirade went on so long that many present began fidgeting in their seats and flashing grimaces", and that it lasted more than 30 minutes.

Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment.

Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had to explain to Trump that he didn't have the power to completely shut down the border.

Last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security ended Temporary Protected Status for 57,000 Hondurans, too.

The incident came amidst the president's frustration over his administration's failure to fully fund the border wall.