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Kirstjen Nielsen out as Trump homeland security secretary

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Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen visits the DHS Election Operations Center and National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington Virginia

In a tweet on Sunday, Donald Trump sad: "Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service".

President Donald Trump said Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, will serve as acting secretary.

Nielsen was scheduled to meet with the president at 5 p.m.in the White House residence about border security, but sources told ABC News that the meeting turned into a discussion about Nielsen's future.

Nielsen was a close ally and confidante of Kelly, who left the administration at the end of 2018, marking a dramatic shift in the power dynamics of the West Wing, and there was continuing tension between Trump and Kelly over how the president treated her.

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It was unclear whether Nielsen resigned voluntarily or was asked to do so. Once Kelly left the White House past year, Nielsen's days appeared to be numbered.

The departure comes just days after Trump suddenly withdrew the nomination of Ron Vitiello for Immigration and Customs Enforcement director, blindsiding the Department of Homeland Security and the Hill. And during the government shutdown over Trump's insistence for funding for a border wall, Nielsen's stock inside the White House even appeared to rise.

In recent weeks, administration officials have been sounding the alarm over the increase in migrants at the southern border, underscoring the change in demographics as one of the reasons for the host of challenges they're facing.

Repeatedly subjected to tough questioning by Democrats in Congress, Nielsen has overseen Trump plans such as his effort to build a wall on the border with Mexico and the separation of migrant children from their families. But she was also instrumental in ending the policy. She also moved to abandon longstanding regulations that dictate how long children are allowed to be held in immigration detention, and requested bed space from the US military for some 12,000 people in an effort to detain all families who cross the border.

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