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Top White House Aide Kirstjen Nielsen To Lead DHS


President Donald Trump has nominated Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide with background in infrastructure and cyber security issues, to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Nielsen is currently serving as the White House Principal Deputy Chief of Staff.

Nielsen fills the vacancy created by John F. Kelly, who left in July to serve as the White House chief of staff. Elaine Duke has been acting as DHS Secretary since then. Nielsen, 45, is known to be close to Kelly.

The Department of Homeland Security was created in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks. A massive department with 230,000 employees, it is a key agent of the President's domestic policies.

Announcing the President's nomination to the post of Secretary of Homeland Security, the White House said Nielsen has extensive professional experience in the areas of homeland security policy and strategy, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, and emergency management.

A DHS veteran, Nielsen's experience dates back to the George W. Bush administration.

She is the first nominee for this position to have previously worked within the Department of Homeland Security, having served there in two administrations, first as senior legislative policy director for Transportation and Security Administration under President George W. Bush and then as Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff under President Trump.

Before joining the Trump Administration in January, Nielsen founded Sunesis Consulting, a risk and security management consulting firm.

She had also served as Special Assistant to the President and senior director for prevention, preparedness, and response on the White House Homeland Security Council in the Bush administration, in addition to serving as a corporate attorney and as a congressional staff member.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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