Chelsea Handler reacts to Dept. of Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation: 'Good luck at Fox News'

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It was announced on Sunday that Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
It was announced on Sunday that Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Yet another Trump official is out.

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On Sunday, the president announced in a tweet that Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, offered her resignation. Nielsen confirmed the news in her own tweet, adding that she will stay on through April 10 ahead of Kevin McAleenan taking over as acting secretary.


Nielsen has faced sharp criticism over her role in overseeing the separation of migrant children from their families at the border, a policy she defended even after the deaths of two children. In December, after Nielsen blamed migrant parents for putting “these minors at risk by embarking on the dangerous and arduous journey” to the border, actor and political artist Jim Carrey responded by labeling her a “kidnapper” in a painting.


Nielsen was also famously heckled by protesters shouting “shame!” as she dined at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. last June amidst backlash over family separations.

And despite reports suggesting that Nielsen is leaving the White House because Trump didn’t feel like she was tough enough at stopping immigration at the Southwest border, her stint enforcing his policies has left her with little sympathy.

Chelsea Handler, a vocal critic of the Trump administration, joked that Nielsen’s controversial job history would make her a natural for Fox News, while Don Cheadle tweeted that it will “give her a leg up.”



Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, decried the “deeply alarming” reports that Nielsen was not “extreme enough.”


Filmmaker Duncan Jones — son of David Bowie — used a Game of Thrones reference to muse about Nielsen’s exit.


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