On Thursday afternoon in the East Room, President Donald J. Trump announced his nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Nielsen has most recently served as the White House's Principal Deputy Chief of Staff alongside Chief of Staff General John Kelly. Previously, Nielsen served President Bush as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Prevention, Preparedness, and Response.
“Kirstjen has my full faith and confidence, and she also has the complete confidence of the law enforcement officers, dedicated professionals, and senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security,” the President said.
President Trump also commended Acting Secretary Elaine Duke’s service in the wake of numerous natural disasters on American soil. Duke will now serve alongside Nielsen as Deputy Secretary at DHS.
Nielsen’s father and several other relatives were in attendance. “I share the President's profound commitment to the security of our country and the safety of the American people,” Nielsen said. “Truly, there is nothing more valuable than to feel safe and secure in your homeland.”