(National Sentinel) Shake-up: Reports were swirling at a number of news sources on Tuesday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen are next on POTUS Donald Trump’s hit list following the 2018 midterms.
Sources told The Daily Caller they suspect that Nielsen’s days, especially, are numbered and that she could face ouster sooner rather than later.
As for Kelly, the sources said he “has no plans to leave” the White House and that he believes there “are a group of people” undertaking a “concerted effort to oust him.” One of the sources said Kelly sees his role as keeping everything on schedule and running smoothly within the White House and that without him, it would lapse into chaos.
Kelly, meanwhile, is trying to save his protege Nielsen’s job. He is said to believe that she is being unfairly targeted by the president over her lawful restrictions in carrying out his immigration priorities, namely, slowing the flow of illegal aliens into the country.
Another source told The DC that names of people to replace Nielsen have already been given to the Oval Office and that the president is poring over them. He is said to be carefully mulling his choices to get a better idea of who would replace her before he seeks her resignation.
“More than half of a million people arrived on the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018, with record border arrivals in recent months. Trump has pressured Nielsen and the Department of Defense to use all possible means to stop the arrivals,” The DC reports.
The Washington Post added:
President Trump has told advisers he has decided to remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and her departure from the administration is likely to occur in the coming weeks, if not sooner, according to five current and former White House officials.
Trump canceled a planned trip with Nielsen this week to visit U.S. troops at the border in South Texas and told aides over the weekend that he wants her out as soon as possible, these officials said. The president has grumbled for months about what he views as Nielsen’s lackluster performance on immigration enforcement and is believed to be looking for a replacement who will implement his policy ideas with more alacrity.
These reports have been wrong before and it could be that some sources are jumping the gun now. But there have been reports for months now that the president was considering Cabinet and internal shake-ups after the midterms.
One casualty so far is former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He was let go the day after the midterms a week ago and replaced by his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, a vocal opponent of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
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