April 8, 2019 – In Breaking News – Fox News
Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made her first comments to the media Monday after resigning her post over the weekend, saying she shares President Trump’s goal of securing the border.
From outside her home in Alexandria, Va., on Monday, Nielsen thanked the president for allowing her to serve in his administration.
“I am forever grateful,” Nielsen said, praising Homeland Security officials who work to “execute their missions and to protect the homeland.”
(Outside Kirstjen Nielsen’s home in Alexandria, VA: Media are expecting remarks from former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen following her resignation on Sunday evening. Courtesy of Fox News and YouTube. Posted on Apr 8, 2019.)
“I’m looking forward to supporting them from the outside,” Nielsen said, noting that since her Sunday afternoon resignation, she has spoken with administration officials and lawmakers on Capitol Hill to ensure a smooth transition during her exit.
“I share the president’s goal of securing the border,” Nielsen said. She did not take any questions from the media.
The president announced Nielsen’s would “be leaving her position” after 16 months on the job on Sunday evening.
….I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019
Nielsen took over leadership of the Department of Homeland Security after Trump appointed former DHS Secretary John Kelly to be White House chief of staff.
Kelly has since resigned from that post.
Trump also announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would replace Nielsen as acting secretary, tweeting: “I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!”
Later, Nielsen tweeted that she had submitted her resignation.
Its been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards. pic.twitter.com/lIQ5iqGDmF
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) April 7, 2019
“Its[sic] been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov”.
“I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards,” she tweeted with an image of the resignation letter.
The letter, addressed to the president, said: “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.”
(Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan agrees with President Trump’s decision to name Kevin McAleenan as acting DHS secretary. Courtesy of Fox Business and YouTube. Posted on Apr 8, 2019.)
I have agreed to stay on as Secretary through Wednesday, April 10th to assist with an orderly transition and ensure that key DHS missions are not impacted.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) April 8, 2019
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April 7, 2019
To the brave and dedicated men and women of DHS, I submitted my resignation to the President this evening. I am eternally grateful and proud of what you do each and every day to protect our homeland.
Each of you are why I came back to serve my country. Our missions as a Department are vast and have never been more vital. You are in the arena—keep up the good fight.
Thank you for your sacrifices and those of your families.
God bless you, and God bless our great country.
Kirstjen M. Nielsen
Secretary of Homeland Security
With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.
(U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan is named acting Homeland Security secretary after the departure of Kirstjen Nielsen. Mark Morgan, former Border patrol chief under President Obama, reacts. Courtesy of Fox News and YouTube. Posted on Apr 8, 2019.)