Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reportedly drafted a resignation letter after President Donald Trump berated her in front of cabinet officials, but stopped short of submitting it, according to a New York Times report published on Thursday.
The New York Times and Politico reported that Nielsen, who began the job in December, drafted a resignation letter.
The report said that Nielsen told several of her colleagues that she was considering resigning because the president berated her for failures in fulfilling his promises to seal the border against illegal alien crossings.
Trump has pursued his crackdown on legal and illegal immigration since becoming president, promising to strengthen the nation's borders and to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.
A spokesperson from Nielsen's office denied the existence of such a letter to the Times, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the outlet that "the president is committed to fixing our broken immigration system and our porous borders" when asked to comment on the content of the Wednesday meeting.
"The President is rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of Congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people", Nielsen's statement said.
1 person in the assembly said Trump railed in the whole Cabinet on what he said was deficiency of advancement keeping out illegal immigrants, " the occasions said.
Nielsen "is hard at work today on the President's security-focused agenda and supporting the men and women of @DHSgov", he added.
Donald Trump had grown angry in recent weeks for reports of a roughly 1,200-person "caravan" of asylum-seekers from Central America traveling toward the USA border.
Trump was furious with Nielsen, telling her he didn't think she was doing enough to secure the border.
More than 10,000 of those 30,000 total cases of credible fear occurred when foreign nationals arrived at the ports of entry at the southern border, while more than 20,000 of the cases occurred when foreign nationals sought asylum by crossing the border illegally. The president's anger was stoked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who remarked that the Department of Homeland Security could just arrest people at the border, the source said. This week, the Justice Department announced that it would be prosecuting 100 percent of illegal border crossings-a decision that will involve separating more families, removing children from their parents when they are apprehended and detained. "She feels like she's doing the best she can and doing a good job on immigration, but she also has to follow the law", one source told the Post.
Trump's tirade went on so long that many present began fidgeting in their seats and flashing grimaces, White House aides said.
Trump repeatedly said during the 2016 campaign that the border wall, which would cost close to $25 billion, would be funded by Mexico - though Mexican officials have said repeatedly that they will not pay for the wall.