REPORT: Trump Asked DHS Sec To Do “Illegal Things”

The New York Times reports:

The president called Ms. Nielsen at home early in the mornings to demand that she take action to stop migrants from entering the country, including doing things that were clearly illegal, such as blocking all migrants from seeking asylum.

She repeatedly noted the limitations imposed on her department by federal laws, court settlements and international obligations.

Those responses only infuriated Mr. Trump further. The president’s fury erupted in the spring of 2018 as Ms. Nielsen hesitated for weeks about whether to sign a memo ordering the routine separation of migrant children from their families so that the parents could be detained.

Mediaite reports:

Shortly after President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Kirstjen Nielsen was out as United States Secretary of Homeland Security, CNN reported that Nielsen did not leave her role willingly. Speaking with CNN’s Ana Cabrera, Boris Sanchez reported the DHS Secretary was forced out.

After noting that the president initially liked when his DHS Secretary was “defensive over his policy proposals, over his vision for immigration,” he stressed that over time the president’s support for Nielsen waned.