WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – A top aide in Washington was formally nominated on Thursday to become a member of the president’s cabinet.READ MORE: Florida Online Shoppers To Pay More As Gov. DeSantis Signs Online Sales Tax Bill
“I call upon Congress to put politics aside and confirm this incredible person,” said Trump.
President Donald Trump has tapped Kirstjen Nielsen, John Kelly’s principal Deputy Chief of Staff, as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Should I be confirmed, I will with the utmost strength and dedication protect our homeland,” said Nielsen.”I look forward to speaking with the members of the Senate – both Republicans and Democrats.”READ MORE: Neighbors 4 Neighbors, Miami Dolphins Team Up To Tackle Hunger In The Community
She went on, “Truly, there is nothing more valuable than to feel safe and secure in your homeland.”
In a statement released late Wednesday, the administration praised Nielsen for her “extensive professional experience” in the field.
Nielsen has worked within DHS under two presidents, including as the department’s Chief of Staff under President Trump.
“For the first time in history, a former employee at [DHS] is going to lead the department,” said Trump during her formal nomination.MORE NEWS: FEMA-Funded Vaccine Sites Resume Administering First Doses Of Pfizer Vaccine
If confirmed, Nielsen will replace Kelly who now serves s the president’s Chief of Staff.