Historically, ousted cabinet secretaries have fallen into cushy positions in the private sector. But Jeffrey Toobin isn’t predicting the same fate for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen following her resignation on Sunday.
Discussing the departure on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday, Toobin dubbed Trump “the great reputation killer.”
Looking at Nielsen’s future, Toobin predicts a life following the actions she took in the Trump administration. Specifically, her work on a zero-tolerance policy at the border that resulted in separated families and children in detention centers:
“Here is this woman who, you know, was a reasonably admired bureaucrat, and for the rest of her life — for the rest of her life — people will look at her and think, “Oh, that’s the woman who put children in cages. That’s the woman who broke up families across the border.”
“And you know what?” Toobin added. “They’ll be right.”
Watch the video below, via CNN:
.@JeffreyToobin calls President Trump "the great reputation killer."
Kirstjen Nielsen "was a reasonably admired bureaucrat. For the rest of her life people will look at her and think, 'Oh, that's the woman who put children in cages.'" https://t.co/fDKX7RtHY0 pic.twitter.com/LxuMjpog39
— New Day (@NewDay) April 8, 2019
The CNN legal analyst went on to note that, although the policy was spearheaded by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Nielsen was tasked with implementing the policy and bore the brunt of the fierce public backlash.
“And, you know,” he added, “she’s just gonna get what she deserves.”
“New Day” host John Berman pointed to an infamous tweet from Nielsen in June of 2018 openly denying the existence of a family separation policy.
We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) June 17, 2018
But despite the claim from Nielsen, families were being separated and detained at the border as a direct result of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy for illegal border crossings.
A report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general found the Trump administration was not tracking the number of separated children until legal attempts were made to block the policy. The report said about 2,700 separated children were in custody of the federal government by June of 2018.