Trump to nominate White House aide to head DHS

Nielsen, 45, a cyber security expert with an extensive background in homeland security, has a close working relationship with Trump's chief of staff John Kelly.

Kelly noted that his current position is "the hardest job I've ever had".

"No, I'm not frustrated", he said.

The president did not identify the source of the referenced reports, though stories from multiple news organizations earlier in the week described the relationship between Trump and Kelly as on tenuous footing. And at Trump's speech last month before the U.N., Kelly had his head in his hands.

There was a written statement from White House about issue.

Kelly said that Americans should be concerned about North Korea. "Not all of you, but many of you". He said: "This is hard, hard work and my only frustration, with all due respect to everyone in the room, is when I come to work in the morning and read about things I allegedly said, or things Mr Trump allegedly said, or people who are going to be fired or whatever, and it's just not true". It is astounding to me how much is misreported.

"A state that has developed a pretty good ICBM (missile) capability and is developing a pretty good nuclear re-entry vehicle, I would believe ... that that state simply can not have the ability to reach the homeland", Kelly said. "I was not brought to this job to control anything but the flow of information to our president so that he can make the best decisions".

She also worked for the Transportation and Security Administration under former President George W. Bush. The best job I've ever had, as I've said many times, is when I was an enlisted marine sergeant infantryman.

Nielsen was Kelly's chief of staff while he was Homeland Security secretary. "But I listen to everybody and ultimately I will do what's right for the United States and really what's right for the world", he said, adding, "it's a problem that has to be solved". The chief of staff did so with a smile and a salute.

  • Rogelio Becker