Reports: Trump To Nominate John Kelly Deputy As Next DHS Chief

President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen to lead the Department of Homeland Security, filling a vacancy left by current White House chief of staff John Kelly when he left DHS in July, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

Politico first reported the news Wednesday, citing “two administration officials and three outside advisers familiar with the process.” The Washington Post and Associated Press later published similar reports, as did other outlets.

Nielsen, a longtime DHS official who shepherded Kelly though the confirmation process when he was nominated to lead the agency, moved to the White House with Kelly when he accepted the job as Trump’s chief of staff. She now serves as deputy White House chief of staff.

NBC News noted that Nielsen was a “key player” in Trump’s travel ban and restrictions on immigration.


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