The US Senate has confirmed has confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), after she was nominated by President Donald Trump in October.
Senators voted 62-37 on Tuesday to confirm Nielsen as head of the DHS, a post that opened after former DHS secretary John Kelly became Trump’s chief of staff earlier this year.
Nielsen, 45, was also Kelly’s deputy at the White House and his chief of staff at the DHS.
The 62-37 vote was the narrowest margin ever to approve a DHS secretary, indicating doubts about Nielson’s leadership capabilities as head of an organization that among other things, is in charge of implementing Trump’s immigration policies.
Concerns over independence
Many Democrats have been critical of Nielsen, stating she is not independent of the White House and will budge to executive demands.
One of those Democrats, Senator Maggie Hassan, said she had concerns about the new…