Nielsen’s Deputy Resigns, Clears Way For Trump’s Preferred Choice

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: U.S. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House, on March 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Bech, Fla. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: U.S. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House, on March 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Bech, Fla. (Photo by Al D... WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: U.S. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House, on March 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Bech, Fla. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images) MORE LESS

As was expected, acting DHS deputy secretary Claire Grady has tendered her resignation, clearing away a pesky obstacle for President Donald Trump in his attempt to install his preferred candidate in ousted DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s place.

Nielsen tweeted out Grady’s resignation Tuesday night:

Trump announced his intention to replace Nielsen with Customs and Border Patrol commissioner Kevin McAleenan in the same tweet in which he broke her ouster.

Before long, Rep. Bennie Thomas (D-MS), chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent Trump a letter informing him that Grady is next in line in the DHS’ line of succession. Trump’s team seems to have been caught off guard by the procedural slip, and it may explain why Nielsen offered to stay on until Wednesday, while her original resignation submitted Sunday was effective immediately.

Read an explainer of the DHS purge here.

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