Trump berates DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over border security

Trump berates DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over border security

Trump berates DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over border security

The Post's account, headlined "Trump unloads on Homeland Security secretary in lengthy immigration tirade", adds the details that "Trump's tirade went on so long that many present began fidgeting in their seats and flashing grimaces", and that it lasted more than 30 minutes.

Donald Trump threw a 30-minute tantrum when he was told that the federal government doesn't have the authority to completely shut down the US border, a new report claims.

The National Guard, part of the USA military's reserve forces, has been used in recent years for surveillance and intelligence on the border, but not direct law enforcement. Nielsen pushed back, saying her hands were tied on some issues by Congress and regulations. The Times report claimed that she was "miserable" in her job according to a "person close to Ms. Nielsen". She also tried to explain to him the department had limited options because of a number of legal restrictions. She told the president her team was doing everything it could, but the president was left unconvinced.

A report from the New York Times claimed that Nielsen even wrote a letter of resignation after the outburst, but has not submitted it.

In response to Newsweek's request for comment, DHS press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton cited a Thursday afternoon tweet from his office, calling the Times story false.

Nielsen in a statement on Thursday, said she shared Trump's frustration that "active Loop Holes and the lack of Allied actions have prevented this government out of fully procuring the border and shielding the American folks".

Donald Trump had grown angry in recent weeks for reports of a roughly 1,200-person "caravan" of asylum-seekers from Central America traveling toward the US border.

Aides say she was trying to send a strong message about not breaking the law. "We are a country of laws and the president and his administration will enforce them", she responded.

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Nielsen is responsible for those 20,000 border representatives who work in Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Trump's outburst was not only aimed at Nielsen, according to the Times, but the entire cabinet for not making enough progress in stopping illegal immigration and ensuring border security.

Trump has also been frustrated with Nielsen, according to people familiar with the dynamic.

Administration officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide a candid account of the private meeting.

President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 10, 2018, as he returns from nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md., following an evening trip to Elkhart, Ind., for a campaign rally.

While border apprehensions dipped past year to their lowest levels ever, the numbers have been ticking up in recent months, returning to more typical historical levels.

The incident came amidst the president's frustration over his administration's failure to fully fund the border wall.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy toward people who enter the United States illegally that may cause more separations.

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