DHS Nominee Faces Fraught Politics of Domestic Security

President Trump introduces Kirstjen Nielsen as DHS nominee.

President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Kirstjen Nielsen to run the Department of Homeland Security, taking on the job at a time when the agencies under its umbrella are at the center of national political controversies.

Nielsen has close ties with White House chief of staff John Kelly, who previously served as DHS secretary. The position has been vacant since he moved to the White House in July. Nielsen was DHS chief of staff under Kelly, and then became his principal deputy chief of staff when he switched to his current position.

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