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Homeland Security's acting deputy secretary offered resignation to Trump: Nielsen

Homeland Security's acting deputy secretary offered resignation to Trump: NielsenU.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Tuesday that Claire Grady, the acting deputy secretary of the department, had offered her resignation to President Donald Trump, potentially further destabilizing the agency tasked with managing immigration and the country’s borders. The departure of Grady, who was legally supposed to take over from Nielsen after Nielsen’s own ouster earlier this week, was expected after Trump picked U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to become the acting head of the Homeland Security Department.



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Migrant family separations, heckling: Key moments from Kirstjen Nielsen's troubled tenure as DHS secretary

Migrant family separations, heckling: Key moments from Kirstjen Nielsen's troubled tenure as DHS secretaryKirstjen Nielsen became the face of the migrant family separations policy and President Donald Trump blamed her for failing to halt border crossings.



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Kirstjen Nielsen quits as US Homeland Security Secretary

Kirstjen Nielsen quits as US Homeland Security SecretaryDonald Trump's homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, dramatically quit her post on Sunday night, becoming the latest in a series of high-profile figures to leave his administration. Ms Nielsen's departure was confirmed by the President on Twitter and came after she met Mr Trump at the White House. It is understood Mr Trump was unhappy with her performance at Homeland Security as he moved towards taking a tougher line on immigration. Only last week, speaking in Las Vegas, the US president declared that "our country is full" as he placed immigration firmly on the agenda of his re-election campaign. According to reports in Washington, the final straw came when Ms Nielsen was blindsided by the White House decision to rescind the nomination of Ronald Vitello as head of Immigration and Customs, one of the most senior officials in her department. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019 Ms Nielsen's tenure since succeeding John Kelly as Homeland Security Secretary in December 2017 has been uncomfortable. In May last year, she reportedly offered her resignation after she was upbraided over immigration by Mr Trump in front of cabinet colleagues, but was dissuaded from doing so by Mike Pence, the vice president. The Department of Homeland Security denied the report in the New York Times, and Ms Nielsen then issued a statement in which she sought to play down the reported rift. "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," she said. "I share his frustration." Describing border security as essential to the United States, she added: "I will continue to direct the department to do all we can to implement the president's security-focused agenda". Aerial view of Honduran migrants onboard a truck heading towards US border  Credit: Pedro Pardo/AFP Within days she was appearing before Congress defending the controversial separation of immigrant families at the border. Then, in November, she came under vitriolic attack from the party in opposition. "You are responsible for the unimaginable trauma of thousands of children across the United States," senior Democrats told her in a letter. "From the children torn from their parents at the border, to Dreamers facing exile from their home, and to the US citizen children who face losing a parent to deportation; your actions continue to wreak havoc on communities across this nation." The following month the crisis intensified when Jakelin Caal, a seven-year-old girl from Guatemala, died in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection, one of her agencies. Her position had been weakened by the departure of John Kelly as chief of staff, who had been one of her strongest allies. Caravan of hope | Despite Trump's warnings, weary migrants march Ms Nielsen had not only aroused the ire of Mr Trump, but also Stephen Miller, the president's hardline immigration adviser. They felt that she had failed to protect the US border and held her responsible for the sharp increase in migrants trying to enter the country from Latin America. Ms Nielsen will be replaced, for the time being, by Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. Her departure is a further reflection of the revolving door in Mr Trump's administration which has seen at least 40 high-profile departures since he took office. Departures include a raft of cabinet members such as Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, Ryan Zinke, the Interior Secretary, Tom Price, the Health and Human Services Secretary, and James Mattis, the Defence Secretary. Ms Nielsen's resignation was seized upon by John Delaney, one of the Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination. “The fact that Secretary Nielsen can no longer be an effective messenger for the White House shows just how out of touch and cruel the President’s immigration policies are," he said. "Congress should do its due diligence and properly vet the next DHS Secretary." Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.



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Wife of ex-Defense secretary defends Biden, says viral photo of them used 'misleadingly'

Wife of ex-Defense secretary defends Biden, says viral photo of them used 'misleadingly'"The Joe Biden in my picture is a close friend helping someone get through a big day, for which I will always be grateful," Stephanie Carter wrote.



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The Pentagon's Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted Boeing

The Pentagon's Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted BoeingThe Department of Defense Office of Inspector General has launched an investigation into Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.



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Mike Pompeo jokes he will be secretary of state until 'Trump tweets me out of office’

Mike Pompeo jokes he will be secretary of state until 'Trump tweets me out of office’Secretary of state Mike Pompeo says he knows his tenure as America’s chief diplomat is only as fleeting as a tweet. Mr Pompeo, during an event in Kansas, that was part of global entrepreneurship summit, responded with a joke and praise for Donald Trump when asked how long he might stay in the president’s cabinet. “I’m going to be in there until he tweets me out of office,” Mr Pompeo said, to laughs.



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Kirstjen Nielsen testimony: DHS Secretary could not explain difference between dog cages and detention areas for migrant children

Kirstjen Nielsen testimony: DHS Secretary could not explain difference between dog cages and detention areas for migrant childrenDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen struggled to answer questions from House Democrats about her role in implementing the Trump administration’s strict immigration policy and the subsequent family separation during her first hearing. At one point during Wednesday’s testimony, Ms Nielsen denied that migrant children separated from their families at the border were held in cages. “Sir, they are not cages, they are areas of the border facility that are carved out for the safety and protection of those who remain there while they’re being processed,” she responded during a tense exchange with House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson.



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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders questioned by investigators probing Russian election meddling

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders questioned by investigators probing Russian election meddlingRobert Mueller‘s team has questioned Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary has confirmed. In a statement to CNN, Ms Sanders, 36, said she had been questioned last year by the special counsel probing Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. “The president urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel,” she said.



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UK foreign secretary condemns attack on BBC cameraman at Trump rally

UK foreign secretary condemns attack on BBC cameraman at Trump rallyBritish Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday condemned an attack on a BBC cameraman by a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas. Asked on Tuesday by Sky News whether it was acceptable for Trump to whip up his fans to the point that a cameraman was attacked, Hunt said: “It is never acceptable when journalists and cameramen are attacked just for doing their job.” Wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, a man was seen shoving BBC cameraman Ron Skeans before being pulled away on Monday, according to a BBC video. Trump has frequently attacked the news media for what he views as unfair coverage, decrying some outlets as peddlers of “fake news” and “enemy of the people.” News outlets have pushed back, with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger joining others in saying that Trump’s language has increased the prospect of journalists facing violence, both in the United States and abroad.



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Trump cancels U.S. delegation to Davos forum: press secretary

Trump cancels U.S. delegation to Davos forum: press secretaryPresident Donald Trump has canceled his delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week due to the partial U.S. government shutdown, according to a statement released by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday. Trump, who attended last year’s Davos event, had planned to go again this year but pulled out last week as he grapples with Democrats in Congress over funding for a wall on the border with Mexico that has led to a partial shutdown of the government. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were expected to lead the U.S. delegation in Trump’s place, two senior administration officials said this week.



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