President Trump is live introducing Kirstjen Nielsen as his pick for our next Sec. of Homeland Security.
On Wednesday, President Trump announced that his current deputy chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen would be nominated as the next Secretary of Homeland Security. This position in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been vacant since General John F. Kelly left to become White House chief of staff in July.
Nielsen currently works under Kelly at the White House, and served as his chief of staff during his time at the DHS.
In a statement the White House said, “Ms. Nielsen has extensive professional experience in the areas of homeland security policy and strategy, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, and emergency management.”
According to the White House press release, Nielsen is the first nominee for the position to have previously worked at DHS.
Prior to her time in the Trump administration, she worked for DHS under President George W. Bush and served as special assistant to the president and senior director for prevention, preparedness, and response on the White House Homeland Security Council. Additionally, she founded a consulting firm focused on security and risk management.
To officially become the next Secretary for Homeland Security, Nielsen will have to be confirmed by the Senate.