Kirstjen Nielsen to resign as Homeland Security Secretary

Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen speaks beside Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez during a multilateral meeting at the Honduran Ministry of Security in Tegucigalpa

President Donald Trump says he's accepted the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

The source notes Trump's frustration with the current asylum laws, and his desire for individuals who work for the administration to just stop Central American asylum seekers from entering the United States, contrary to the law.

Nielsen advocated for strong cybersecurity defence and often said she believed the next major terror attack would occur online - not by planes or bombs. Nielsen was unaware what was happening until after the nomination had been pulled, a person familiar with the news said.

Nielsen travelled to the U.S. -Mexico border on Friday with Trump to participate in a roundtable with border officers and local law enforcement.

She has drawn criticism for her staunch defence of some of Mr Trump's most contentious border policies.

US President Donald Trump announced on Monday that US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is stepping down.

"Despite our progress in reforming homeland security for a new age, I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside", she wrote. Nielsen served as Kelly's deputy when he joined the White House as chief of staff.

The role didn't gain her popularity, but it helped her gain enough of Trump's trust to elevate her to the Cabinet post. Once Kelly left the White House past year, Nielsen's days appeared to be numbered.

Nielsen, 46, is among the longest-serving Cabinet heads in the Trump administration, and leads the federal government's third-biggest department, the Los Angeles Times reported last week in an article on how Nielsen had - for 15 months - "succeeded in holding onto her job, defying numerous reports that Trump had chose to fire her".

Trump said he wanted to go with someone "tougher" for the position.

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