President Donald Trump officially announced on Thursday his nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen for head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Donald Trump officially announced on Thursday (October 12) his nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen, who as top aide to his White House chief of staff has sought to instill order in Trump's team, as head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed by the Senate, Nielsen would take the reins at a sprawling department with more than 240,000 employees that is responsible for U.S. border and airport security, immigration policy, disaster response, refugee admissions and other matters. Nielsen, 45, is a cyber security expert with a considerable resume in homeland security that includes work at the department's Transportation Security Administration and on former Republican President George W. Bush's White House Homeland Security Council. Nielsen was retired Marine Corps General John Kelly's chief of staff when he was secretary of homeland security during the opening months of Trump's presidency. Kelly brought her to the White House as his deputy when Trump named him chief of staff in July to replace Reince Priebus after only six months on the job.