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Nielsen suddenly resigns

Kirstjen Nielsen, the first Homeland Security secretary with a background in cybersecurity, resigned April 7, and is being replaced on an acting basis by the Customs and Border Protection chief.

The resignation occurred suddenly, after a Sunday afternoon White House meeting between Nielsen and President Donald Trump. Trump announced the move on Twitter. The Washington Post reported that Nielsen had been forced to resign at the meeting.

Later Sunday evening, Nielsen announced on Twitter that she has "agreed to stay on as Secretary through Wednesday, April 10th to assist with an orderly transition and ensure that key DHS missions are not impacted."

Nielsen's struggles in the Trump administration largely appeared to stem from a perception that she wasn't a strong force for advocating for new immigration restrictions, tougher enforcement and a border wall.

In her resignation letter, Nielsen touted successes on the cybersecurity front and said she hoped the next DHS leader would "have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing" immigration laws.

In her resignation letter, Nielsen said she was "immensely proud of our success in transforming DHS to keep pace with our enemies and adversaries -- whether it's in cyberspace or against emerging threats from new technologies." She added that the United States government has "replaced complacency with consequences in cyberspace, we are holding digital intruders accountable, and we are stepping up our protection of American networks."

Kevin McAleenan, head of CBP, is replacing Nielsen on an acting basis.

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