Kirstjen Nielsen out as Trump homeland security secretary

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expected to resign report

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned from her position and will be replaced for now by the current head of Customs and Border Protection, President Trump tweeted Sunday evening.

Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will become the acting head of the sprawling department of 240,000 people.

A senior White House official told Axios's Jonathan Swan that Trump wasn't satisfied with Nielsen, and asked for her resignation.

President Donald Trump walks with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as they visit a newly constructed part of a border wall with Mexico in Calexico, Calif., Friday April 5, 2019.

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CBS News reported that it was not clear whether Kirstjen meant to resign voluntarily or chose to step down under the pressure. Nielsen was seen as Kelly's protegee.

But in recent weeks, as a new wave of migration has taxed resources along the border and as Trump sought to regain control of the issue for his 2020 re-election campaign, tensions flared anew. And during the government shutdown over Trump's insistence for funding for a border wall, Nielsen's stock inside the White House even appeared to rise. Border agents are on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the southern border this month, over half of which are families with children.

Nielsen has faced criticism over the previous year, and has been a subject of recent critical segments from Fox News Channel's Lou Dobbs regarding her actions or, as some see it, perceived inaction on the border crisis. Nielsen, who served in President George W. Bush's administration, never overcame internal skepticism about her allegiance to Trump.

He recently threatened to close the border, or parts of it, if Congress did not change USA laws to fix what he called immigration "loopholes".

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