President Donald Trump personally ordered his secretary of homeland security to head to the border at least half a dozen times, taking her away from her focus on pressing national security matters, according to her former chief of staff. Miles Taylor, who worked in the Department of Homeland Security from 2017 to 2019, told POLITICO that Trump often ordered former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to leave her post in D.C. and head to the southwest border.
“‘Get your ass on TV at the border, what are you doing, what the hell are you doing?’” the president told Nielsen, according to Taylor. As Taylor described it, Trump was fixated on being able to watch his homeland security team in action. “He would order us to go to the border so he could see us down there doing work,” Taylor said. “Do you actually think Kirstjen and I are putting up the steel bollards? That was dispiriting, to say the very least.”
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