Nielsen 'tremendously qualified' to lead Homeland Security

Jabin Botsford  The Washington Post via Getty

Jabin Botsford The Washington Post via Getty

President Donald Trump has introduced his nominee for homeland security secretary.

Trump said Thursday that Nielsen will need "no on the job training" and will be "ready on Day One". Kelly stepped down as homeland security secretary in July to become White House chief of staff and Nielson came to the White House with him. "Mr. President, if confirmed, it will be the highest honor of my life to again work with and support these remarkable public servants and to continue to serve all of the American people".

Kirstjen Nielsen will be heading the Department of Homeland Security.

In addition, Nielsen was the senior legislative policy director for the Transportation and Security Administration, which operates under DHS, during the Bush administration.

Among others under consideration for the DHS post were Energy Secretary Rick Perry and acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke.

The trust Kelly has in Nielsen will be crucial because, if confirmed, she'll have plenty on her plate.

"I think her credentials are being a little bit inflated", said the former official, who requested anonymity to speak candidly.

Melania Trump proved she owns fall when she showed up to a ceremony at the White House Thursday in a gorgeous dress and coat combo. "It seems like more of a lazy pick than a wide search".

Nielson previously was the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief of staff when John Kelly led the department for the first six months of the Trump administration.

Neilsen is an expert in homeland and national security policy. -Mexican border. DHS also is responsible for recovery in the wake of multiple severe hurricanes this summer in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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