Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielson resigned on Sunday evening after a meeting with President Trump. Nielson and Trump reportedly weren’t seeing eye to eye on how to move forward with border security. The New York Times (@NYTimes) published part of Nielson’s resignation letter
“I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside. I hope that the next Secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse.”
Nielson has come under fire by the public and members of Congress for her child separation policy. The Trump Administration didn’t believe Nielson’s policy was strict enough. Ms. Nielson reportedly went to the White House on Sunday hoping to meet in an attempt to submit a plan for a “way forward.” She reportedly walked into the meeting with a list of things that needed to change in order for her to improve her relationship with the president. Instead of an agreement for a “way forward”, Ms. Nielson walked out of the meeting the same way Ned Stark walked out of his meeting with Joffrey Lannister. Ms. Nielson said she planned to stay on the job until Wednesday to help with the “transition.” In a tweet, Trump said that former Commissioner Of Customs & Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan would take over as acting Secretary to replace Ms. Nielson. Nielson’s departure was reported as a resignation. It’s more likely that she was canned. Trump and Nielson’s tumultuous history goes back to almost the time she got the job. An article by NEWSWEEK reported that Trump allegedly, used to call Nielson on the phone early in the morning to berate her about her handling of the situation at the border. Looks like that will be one less phone call she will have to fret about receiving in the future.
The AP(@AP) just reported that Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price has resigned amid criticism of his excessive travel on private planes. Price had previously apologized after making at least 24 private flights since may. At the time, it was reported that Price had run up a $400,000 tab at taxpayers expense. A few days later it was revealed that Price had actually run up a tab of over $1 million. This also included private flights by military planes. After being busted, Price promised to pay back about $52,000 out of his own pockets. Price may have apologized, but he was far from remorseful for his actions as he went on FOX News two nights ago to say that private flights were pretty much a part of the job. He also remembered to include what has become the company line for this administration, “but the Obama administration….” Price’s actions and comments didn’t fly well with most people including the president, who when asked about Price by the press corps on the White house lawn said “he would make a decision on Price’s future in the administration tonight.” It looks like Price saved the president the trouble of having to make that decision tonight, when he took it upon himself to turn in his resignation a short while ago. Price is not the only employee in the current administration who has used tax dollars like they were his own personal piggy bank. Secretary Steve Mnuchin used a government jet to take a trip to Fort Knox with his wife, reportedly to look at the solar eclipse from atop the building. Mnuchin’s wife received backlash when she posted a picture in front of the government jet on Instagram and made sure to name – drop all of the expensive designer clothes she was wearing. When called out on the excessive use of government funds by an Instagram user, Mnuchin’s wife basically called her a peasant, and told the woman that she was jealous because her own life was miserable, and not a 24/7 shopping a partying spree like hers.