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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving administration, Trump says

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Apr 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 18:11:59-04

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday.

Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, will become the acting secretary for DHS, Trump announced.

Nielsen previously served at the Department of Homeland Security as the chief of staff for John Kelly before he left to become the White House chief of staff. She followed him to the White House, where she worked as an assistant to the president and the principal deputy chief of staff.

Trump nominated Nielsen to be DHS secretary in October 2017. She was sworn in December 2017.