The hours leading up to Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Sunday were overrun by confusion and chaos, several reports have indicated. Her last few days in office were marked by all the power players in President Donald Trump’s orbit making her “the scapegoat for internal frustrations regarding the influx of asylum seekers and continued attempts by migrants to cross into the U.S. without legal authorization,” the Daily Beast reported. The mounting pressure Nielsen faced her last weekend at work largely originated with Trump’s policy adviser and speechwriter Stephen Miller, who’d been “locked in a bitter cold war of backbiting and paranoia” with her for the last year and a half, according to the Daily Beast. Miller, considered the White House’s immigration hard-liner, viewed her as too soft on border issues. Nielsen, who had toured the U.S.-Mexico border with Trump last week, reportedly did not see her ouster coming. According to an ABC News report Monday, she initiated a meeting at the White House with Trump on Sunday with plans to give him a border update, but the president used it as an opportunity to ask her to resign. Most recently, Nielsen had invoked… Read full this story
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