Was Stephen Miller Behind Kirstjen Nielsen’s Ouster?
Nielsen tweeted on Sunday that she “agreed to stay on as Secretary through Wednesday, April 10th” to ensure that there is a smooth transition in the Department of Homeland Security. It is unclear whether Nielsen is leaving on her own accord, or whether there was pressure for her to leave her position.
I have agreed to stay on as Secretary through Wednesday, April 10th to assist with an orderly transition and ensure that key DHS missions are not impacted.— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) April 8, 2019
He suggested cutting the refugee program even lower, allowing 25,000 to enter the country rather than the initial agreed-upon ceiling of 45,000, and was the face of the controversial travel ban last summer. He even claimed it was a “simple decision” to separate families at the border.
Trump reportedly looked to Miller in the weeks leading up the midterm elections for immigration-related tactics, in hopes of ensuring Republicans’ vote.
Adriana Freedman contributed reporting.