WASHINGTON – The Senate has confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as the President of Donald Trump’s choice for the lead of the Department of Homeland Security.
Senators approved Nielsen’s nomination, 62-37, on Tuesday. Nielsen, 45, is a former AMERICAN official who now serves as deputy White House chief of staff.
The Majority of the senate Mitch McConnell says that if a former DHS chief of staff, Nielsen understands the department’s daily operations and is ready to lead on her first day.
Homeland Security oversees the country’s borders, cybersecurity, and natural disasters, among other areas.
Democrats complained that Nielsen lacks the experience needed to run a large agency with 240,000 employees. They also referred to the concern about the possible White House interference in a recent DHS decision to send home thousands of Nicaraguans long granted U.S. protection.