Republicans are speaking out to thank DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for her service as she steps down from the role.
“From natural disasters to cybersecurity threats, the Department of Homeland Security protects Americans on countless fronts — including, of course, the front lines of the security and humanitarian crisis on our southern border. Secretary Nielsen’s expertise and skilled management served the Department and the nation well.”
Senator Shelley Capito (R-W.Va.) tweeted out additional praise for her leadership style.
— Shelley Moore Capito (@SenCapito) April 7, 2019
“I thank [Kirstjen Nielsen] for her leadership and dedicated public service at [DHS],” said Capito. “She is a strong and thoughtful leader and was an excellent partner in supporting the department’s critical work.”
Throughout her time as DHS Secretary, Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said that she has been one of the strongest voices for immigration reform.
“Throughout her career, she has been a principled voice on national security issues and wholly understands the complex threats we face,” McCaul said.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-La.) also took the time to thank Nielsen for her service in a series of tweets.
Secretary Nielsen should be very proud of the service she rendered to President Trump and our nation as a whole.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) April 7, 2019
While there have been reports that President Trump has been frustrated with Nielsen’s leadership, he thanked her for her time as secretary in a tweet and announced that Kevin McAleenan will be acting secretary in her place.
….I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019
Nielsen also spoke out about her resignation, tweeting out a letter where she spoke about her experience in the role.
Its been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards. pic.twitter.com/lIQ5iqGDmF
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) April 7, 2019
“It’s been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of [the DHS],” said Nielsen. “I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards.”
Nielsen has faced harsh criticism during her time as secretary due to her approach on immigration reform, as IJR Blue previously reported. There are no announcements when the new secretary will be chosen.