‘A lot of administrations make changes after midterms. I will say that, for the most part, I’m very, very happy with this Cabinet…’
Five current and former White House officials told The Post that Trump wants to fire Nielsen as soon as possible. Trump has never supported Nielsen in her position, aggressively going after her during Cabinet meetings and mocking her in conversations with other officials.
And though White House chief of staff John Kelly is reportedly defending Nielsen and fighting the president on the matter, Nielsen has said she is unhappy in the position. The Post reported that conflict often arises when Nielsen tries to explain to Trump the nuances of hard-line immigration policies that often clash with the Homeland Security Department.
Trump recently grew frustrated with Nielsen for telling him that completely shutting down the U.S.–Mexico border is not feasible.
But Nielsen has also defended many of the Trump administration’s policies, including the controversial ‘zero tolerance’ policy that resulted in the separation of immigrant children from their parents.
Kelly is also on the list of possible resignations, and CNN reported that Trump has been discussing a handful of replacements, including Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff. Ayers reportedly told two friends he is in the running for the position.
“As we make changes, we’ll sit down and talk to you about it. I mean, there’s no great secret,” Trump said during a press conference after last week’s midterm elections. “A lot of administrations make changes after midterms. I will say that, for the most part, I’m very, very happy with this Cabinet. We’re doing a great job.”
Trump hinted that there might be a shake up within his staff, though.
“People leave. They come in, they’re here. It’s a very exhausting job,” he said. “I love doing it, I must tell you. But it’s exhausting for a lot of people.”