He declined to say whether Nielsen had been treated fairly in the meeting, saying only, "We had a good Cabinet meeting", during a brief question-and-answer session in the White House Rose Garden.
Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, disputed that Nielsen had drafted a resignation letter and was close to resigning, calling those assertions "false". Nielsen was tapped to be secretary after serving with current White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly. A recent target of the president has been a migrant caravan traveling from South America to the USA border.
Nielsen issued a statement of her own, agreeing with Trump's frustration and blaming the border issue in part on "congressional inaction". Nielsen has made headlines in recent weeks for her announcement that any illegal immigrant caught crossing the border will be detained for prosecution, regardless of the situation.
At the meeting, Trump railed against her for failing to stop illegal border crossings.
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Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, another hard-line group, said Ms. Nielsen's approach to border security is less like Mr. Trump's campaign messaging and more like the moderate approach taken by Mr. "I share his frustration", she said in a statement. Another person said the president was primarily focused on the Homeland Security Department because he viewed Nielsen as primarily responsible for keeping unauthorized people out of the country. She had even gone so far as to draft a resignation letter, according to the Times. At the meeting, both Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried in vain to explain to Donald Trump that the federal government can not completely shut down the border. A number of unnamed advisers told the outlet that she was a "never-Trumper" who does not stand behind Trump's agenda. More recently, however, those numbers have climbed back toward the level they were in the final years of the Obama administration-an intolerable equivalence for Trump.
"We'll work in conjunction with the governors who are in fact on the front lines to see what they need and work it within the National Guard", Nielsen told reporters during a White House Press briefing at the time.
After another meeting on Capitol Hill, Kelly later said some people who were DACA eligible but didn't sign up had reasons but most probably "needed to get off the couch".
Trump believes Nielsen and other DHS officials are resisting directives that parents be separated from their children when families cross illegally into the United States, to deter them from entering, the newspaper said, citing the officials.