Nielsen, forty five, developed a popularity for fierce devotion to Kelly as his deputy on the White Home, and earlier than that as his chief of employees on the Division of Homeland Safety, which he ran from January till July.
An lawyer and cybersecurity skilled, Nielsen would be the first DHS secretary with earlier expertise working on the company. Her affirmation Tuesday provides the White Home a DHS chief properly-versed within the politics and the coverage objectives of Trump’s immigration enforcement agenda.
“By confirming Ms. Nielsen’s nomination to steer the DHS, this Senate will take a critical step to strengthen our nation’s safety,” Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stated in a press release.
“Ms. Nielsen shall be charged with main the division at a important time,” he stated. “Together with her understanding of the challenges dealing with our nation and her expertise in prevention and preparedness, I consider that she is going to excel as the subsequent Secretary of Homeland Safety.”
Nielsen was confirmed sixty two to 37, the narrowest-ever margin to approve a DHS Secretary. Although no GOP senators sided towards her, the result mirrored each intense opposition to Trump in addition to doubts about Nielsen’s government management expertise and willingness to problem the White Home within the occasion of a disagreement.
Final month a watchdog group filed an ethics grievance towards Nielsen, after she used a personal advisor who represents shoppers with tens of millions of dollars in DHS contracts to assist her navigate the affirmation course of.
In January, quickly after Trump took workplace, senators confirmed Kelly 88-eleven.
Nielsen involves the job largely on the facility of his endorsement. She is going to take over from Appearing Secretary Elaine Duke, who crammed the highest job in a short lived capability for greater than 4 months, longer than any DHS chief within the company’s 15-yr historical past.
Duke was confirmed as deputy DHS secretary in April, however she doesn’t have an in depth relationship to Nielsen, and a number of other administration officers say Duke has knowledgeable the White Home she plans to resign as soon as Nielsen takes over. DHS has denied that Duke plans to give up.
One of many Democrats who voted towards Nielsen, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., stated she had considerations concerning the new secretary’s independence. “All through her affirmation course of, Ms. Nielsen did not exhibit that she would offer the regular skilled management – free from political interference from the White Home – that the division wants.”
As the highest official main DHS, an company with…