Kirstjen Nielsen, former Department of Homeland Security secretary, is rejoining the Trump administration in a minor role.
The move comes after Nielsen left her post in April. (Washington Examiner)
The White House announced Tuesday evening the appointment of Nielsen as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, a Department of Homeland Security entity. The board has up to 30 members from the private sector who advise the White House on best practices for reducing physical and cyberthreats to the country’s critical infrastructure.
Nielsen’s appointment comes six months after she stepped down from her post atop the 240,000-member department. She was secretary for 16 months.
Nielsen, a lawyer, left the private sector for the Transportation Security Administration shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Her time at the TSA was her only experience in homeland security before serving in 2017 as the assistant to her predecessor, former Department of Homeland Security secretary John Kelly.
She then went to the White House and worked as then-chief of staff Kelly’s principal deputy. Trump nominated Nielsen in October 2017 to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and she was confirmed in a 62-37 vote.