Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigns

Kirstjen Nielsen.
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President Trump announced on Twitter Sunday evening that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned.

In a separate tweet, Trump said Kevin McAleenan, the current commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will serve as acting DHS secretary. About an hour later, Nielsen confirmed the news in a tweet of her own, saying she submitted her resignation to Trump on Sunday afternoon and felt it was the "honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women" of the department.

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.