Kirstjen Nielsen

Kirstjen Michele Nielsen (/ˈkɪərstʃən/;[1] born May 14, 1972)[2] is an American attorney and national security expert serving as the 6th and current United States Secretary of Homeland Security.

Nielsen is a former Principal Deputy White House Chief of Staff to President Donald Trump,[3] as well as chief of staff to John F. Kelly during his term as Secretary of Homeland Security.

On December 5, 2017 she was confirmed by the Senate,[4] and was sworn in the next day.

Kirstjen Nielsen
Kirstjen Nielsen 2018
6th United States Secretary of Homeland Security
Assumed office
December 6, 2017
President Donald Trump
Deputy Elaine Duke
Claire Grady (acting)
Preceded by John F. Kelly
White House Principal Deputy Chief of Staff
In office
September 6, 2017 – December 6, 2017
Leader John F. Kelly
Preceded by Katie Walsh
Succeeded by Vacant
Chief of Staff to the United States Secretary of Homeland Security
In office
January 20, 2017 – July 31, 2017
Leader John F. Kelly
Preceded by Paul Rosen
Succeeded by Chad Wolf (Acting)
Personal details
Born Kirstjen Michele Nielsen
May 14, 1972 (age 45)
Education Georgetown University (BS)
University of Virginia (JD)

Early life and education

Nielsen grew up in Clearwater, Florida.[5] She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1999.[6]

Early career

Nielsen served during the George W. Bush administration as special assistant to the president and as senior director for prevention, preparedness and response at the White House Homeland Security Council. She also set up, and led as Administrator, the Transportation Security Administration's Office of Legislative Policy and Government Affairs. Before serving in the Trump administration, she was a senior member of the Resilience Task Force of the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security committee at George Washington University and served on the Global Risks Report Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum.[6]

Nielsen is the founder and former President of Sunesis Consulting.[7] Sunesis was awarded numerous government contracts under President Obama's administration.[8]

White House Deputy Chief of Staff

Nielsen previously served as John F. Kelly's Chief of Staff at the Department of Homeland Security.[9] She had informally performed the role of White House Deputy Chief of Staff since Kelly assumed the office of White House Chief of Staff on July 31, 2017, at which point Elaine Duke became acting Secretary of Homeland Security.[10][11]

Secretary of Homeland Security

Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sworn in
Kirstjen Nielsen taking the Oath of Office as the sixth Secretary of Homeland Security

On October 11, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Nielsen to be the new United States Secretary of Homeland Security, replacing acting secretary Elaine Duke.[12][13] On December 5, 2017, the Senate confirmed her nomination, by a 62–37 vote.[14] On December 6, 2017, she was sworn in as Secretary of Homeland Security.[15]

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Secretary Nielsen testified before the United States Senate and enunciated a position in favor of merit-based immigration, as opposed to the current immigration system based on family relations.[16] She was questioned about a previous meeting at the White House on the topic of immigration in which press reports and Senator Dick Durbin stated that the President had used the word shithole to describe African countries and other disparaging remarks about Haiti.[17][18] Nielsen said "I did not hear that word used, no sir" although she said she heard "tough language" which was impassioned.[18][19][20] During the same hearing, Senator Patrick Leahy asked Secretary Nielsen whether Norway was a predominantly white country. Kirstjen Nielsen appeared to hesitate before answering, “I actually do not know that, sir." She added, "But I imagine that is the case.”[21][22] [23] Nielsen was criticized by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker for not recalling or speaking out against Trump's disparaging remarks which Booker characterized as bigoted.[19][24] Following the hearing, Nielsen expressed her disappointment in the amount of attention being paid to the White House meeting.[25]

On 9 March, Nielsen led the official United States delegation at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.[26]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Kirstjen Nielsen: United States Secretary of Homeland Security - Cofactor Ora". cofactor.io. Archived from the original on January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Person Details for Kirstjen Neilsen, United States Public Records, 1970–2009". FamilySearch.org. Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces White House Appointments". The White House. September 6, 2017. Archived from the original on September 8, 2017. Retrieved September 9, 2017. Kirstjen M. Nielsen of Florida will serve as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Chief of Staff. Ms. Nielsen formerly served as Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security.
  4. ^ Nixon, Ron (December 5, 2017). "Kirstjen Nielsen, White House Aide, Is Confirmed as Homeland Security Secretary". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 5, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Homeland Security Secretary Nominee Kirstjen Nielsen Testifies Confirmation". C-SPAN.org. Archived from the original on January 12, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Williamson, Eric (October 11, 2017). "Kirstjen Nielsen '99 Tapped for Top Post at Homeland Security". University of Virginia School of Law. Archived from the original on January 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Kutner, Max. "Who is Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump's reported pick for Secretary of Homeland Security?". Newsweek.com. Newsweek. Archived from the original on October 12, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency". Archived from the original on October 13, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  9. ^ "Kirstjen Nielson". Center for Homeland Security, George Washington University. Archived from the original on September 7, 2017. Retrieved September 9, 2017. Kirstjen Nielsen is an expert in homeland and national security policy, strategy, and assessment, with a focus in the areas of critical infrastructure protection, including cyber security, preparedness, response and incident management, information sharing, risk assessment, trend analysis and risk management, organizational development, stakeholder requirement analysis, outreach and communication, and training and exercise programs.
  10. ^ Maggie Haberman, Glenn Thrush (September 8, 2017). "New White House Chief of Staff Has an Enforcer". New York Times. p. A16. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "Kelly bringing DHS deputy to the White House". Fox News. July 29, 2017. Archived from the original on September 3, 2017. Retrieved September 9, 2017. Kirstjen Nielsen, who has served as chief of staff under Kelly at DHS, will follow her boss to the White House, a Trump administration official told Fox News.
  12. ^ Davis, Julie Hirschfeld (October 11, 2017). "White House Aide Is Selected to Run Homeland Security Department". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on October 11, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  13. ^ Parker, Ashley; Zapotosky, Matt (October 11, 2017). "Trump taps Kirstjen Nielsen to lead Department of Homeland Security". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on October 11, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  14. ^ Miroff, Nick (December 5, 2017). "Senate confirms Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead Homeland Security". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  15. ^ "Kirstjen M. Nielsen Sworn-in as the Sixth Homeland Security Secretary". Department of Homeland Security. December 6, 2017. Archived from the original on December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  16. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on February 10, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  17. ^ Kopan, Tal; Stracqualursi, Veronica (January 16, 2018). "DHS secretary says Trump used 'tough' language". CNN. Archived from the original on January 18, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  18. ^ a b SEUNG MIN KIM, January 16, 2018, Politico, Nielsen testifies: ‘I did not hear’ Trump say ‘shithole’: The Homeland Security secretary was peppered with tough questions from senators about the president’s immigration remarks. Archived January 19, 2018, at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved January 18, 2018, '...The remarks also dominated Nielsen's appearance ... One Democrat after another pressed Nielsen on Trump's reported comments, and she repeatedly ... if "shithole" specifically — or other variations, such as "shithouse" — was used...."
  19. ^ a b Ella Nilson, January 16, 2018, VOX, “Your silence and your amnesia is complicity”: Sen. Cory Booker blasts a top White House official for disputing Trump’s “shithole” comments. Archived January 17, 2018, at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved January 16, 2018, "....“It is deeply troubling that in your opening comments, when you talk about the threats to our nation, our homeland, to national security, that you failed to mention a report that outlined a very specific threat to us..."
  20. ^ Ed O'Keefe and Nick Miroff, January 16, 2018, Washington Post, A burst of acrimony on Capitol Hill threatens immigration deal Archived January 19, 2018, at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved January 18, 2018, "...Under intense questioning from both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed that the president had used “tough language” ...."
  21. ^ "Trump's homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, claims she doesn't know if Norway is mostly white". Newsweek. 2018-01-16. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  22. ^ "Dana Milbank: Kirstjen Nielsen doesn't know that Norwegians are white?". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  23. ^ Chait, Jonathan. "Trump Homeland Security Secretary Not Sure If Most Norwegians Are White". Daily Intelligencer. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  24. ^ Josh Delk, January 16, 2018, The Hill, Booker to Nielsen: 'Your silence and your amnesia is complicity' Archived January 17, 2018, at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved January 16, 2018
  25. ^ Kopan, Tal; Graef, Aileen (January 17, 2018). "DHS Secretary Nielsen: 'I did not and will not lie under oath'". CNN. Archived from the original on January 18, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  26. ^ Nielsen, Sec Kirstjen (8 March 2018). "Proud to lead the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the #WinterParalympics. Looking forward to watching our athletes compete with the best in the world!pic.twitter.com/2kdGuqQMXl". @SecNielsen. Retrieved 2018-03-20.

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