Kirstjen Nielsen, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary who oversaw some of the controversial migration policies of Donald Trump‘s administration, has resigned.
Trump tweeted that Nielsen, who became the face of the administration’s zero tolerance for immigration, will be leaving the administration and will be replaced by Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs, and Border Protection Commissioner.
She gave no reason for her departure in her resignation letter, although she said this was the right time for her to step aside and that the US is a safer place today than when she joined the administration.
In a later tweet, she relayed that she has agreed to stay on as secretary till Wednesday the 10th of April, to ensure a smooth transition.
The resignation, which was confirmed during a tense meeting at the white house on Sunday, comes after days of speculation that the relationship between the president and the secretary had broken down.