Kirstjen Nielsen, White House assistant is selected to run homeland security

Kirstjen Nielsen via Twitter

WASHINGTON - President Trump introduced his pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security Thursday, formally nominating White House staffer and cybersecurity expert Kristjen Nielsen. She is his choice to replace John Kelly, who is now Trump's chief of staff. "There will be no on-the-job training, she's ready from day one, " Trump said.

Her nomination must now be confirmed by a vote in the Senate.

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.

The president says first lady Melania Trump especially will miss Neilsen around the White House. Before she worked in the Trump administration, Nielsen founded a risk and security management consulting firm.

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

Elaine Duke has been serving as acting DHS secretary since Kelly departed the agency for the White House in July.

Added Frances Townsend, her boss at the White House during the Bush administration: "She is tough as nails, competent and has rightly earned the president's respect". And DHS will play a crucial role in continued recovery efforts after a particularly brutal hurricane season that devastated parts of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"I am pleased that the President has finally made a nomination for Secretary of Homeland Security after letting the critical national security position remain vacant as the nation faced multiple major hurricanes and a domestic terrorism attack". He then sung Nielsen's past work in his administration, and spoke of how thrilled he was to have her in this new position.

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