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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly walks with Kirstjen Nielsen (left) on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington August 22, 2017. — Reuters picWhite House Chief of Staff John Kelly walks with Kirstjen Nielsen (left) on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington August 22, 2017. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, Oct 12 — President Donald Trump announced he plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, a top aide to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, to succeed him as secretary of Homeland Security, the White House said in a statement.

Nielsen had been Kelly’s chief of staff when he was secretary of Homeland Security and followed him to the White House, serving as his principal deputy there.

Nielsen, 45, has a background in cybersecurity. She previously worked as a homeland security adviser in Republican President George W. Bush’s White House and at the Transportation Security Administration.

As Kelly’s principal deputy at the White House, Nielsen quickly developed a reputation as a forceful, empowered aide who took charge of day-to-day operations, according to a New York Times profile. — Bloomberg

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