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Kirstjen Nielsen

Kirstjen Nielsen

"I share his frustration", Nielsen said in a statement. But Nielsen took the wide-reaching criticism of the administration's failures in this area personally, reportedly telling associates that if Trump was unhappy with her performance, she would leave.

According to the story, which broke the news of the harangue, Trump's abuse of his Homeland Security director "was part of a lengthy tirade in which the president railed at his cabinet about what he said was its lack of progress toward sealing the country's borders against illegal immigrants". "We are a country of laws and the president and his administration will enforce them", she responded. Nielsen issued her own statement Thursday evening saying the president is justifiably frustrated but that she is staying on the job.

A report from the New York Times claimed that Nielsen even wrote a letter of resignation after the outburst, but has not submitted it. "[She would] continue to direct the Department to do all we can to implement the President's security-focused agenda".

One person familiar with Trump's blowup at the meeting said it was prompted by a discussion about why Mexico was not doing more to prevent illegal border crossings into the United States.

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Instead, she told the newspaper that she will "continue to direct the department to do all we can to implement the president's security-focused agenda" as head of almost 20,000 department employees.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman denied specific details of the report, including that she had already drafted a resignation letter, and that she was close to resigning.

Administration officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide a candid account of the private meeting.

President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 10, 2018, as he returns from nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md., following an evening trip to Elkhart, Ind., for a campaign rally.

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In recent weeks, Nielsen has announced measures aimed at deterring illegal migration, including criminal prosecutions for parents who cross the border illegally with their children. He urged voters to "give me some reinforcements, please" in the form of new Republican members.

This "tantrum" went on for 30 minutes, which it noted was unusually long for one of Trump's anger outbursts, and left other officials in the room feeling uncomfortable.

While border apprehensions dipped previous year to their lowest levels ever, the numbers have been ticking up in recent months, returning to more typical historical levels. Another person said the president was primarily focused on the Homeland Security Department because he viewed Nielsen as primarily responsible for keeping unauthorized people out of the country. More recently, however, those numbers have climbed back toward the level they were in the final years of the Obama administration-an intolerable equivalence for Trump.

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