Homeland Security Secretary Almost Quit Because Trump 'Berated' Her in Front of the Entire Cabinet: Report
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen nearly quit her post after President Donald Trump "berated" her during a Cabinet meeting, according to a report Thursday from the New York Times citing multiple anonymous sources.
The report fits in with a series of stories suggesting that the president has a temper when dealing with his subordinates, even when they hold top appointed positions. According to the report, Nielsen drafted a resignation letter but did not submit following Trump's accusation that she has not adequately protected the U.S. border.
In a statement, press secretary Sarah Sanders told the Times simply that the president is "committed to fixing our broken immigration system," while the Department of Homeland Security offered no comment.
The Times says that Trump has become increasingly angered about the border because after unauthorized crossings fell during his first year in office, they rose again in his second. This increase robbed "the president of one of his favorite talking points," according to the report.