He declined to say whether Nielsen had been treated fairly in the meeting, saying only, "We had a good Cabinet meeting", during a brief question-and-answer session in the White House Rose Garden.
Also, does anybody else miss the days when White House reporters could go years at a time without having to use the word tirade to describe Cabinet meetings?
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the incident in Thursday's press briefing. Along with the some 700,000 Dreamers brought to the US illegally as children, who Trump stripped of protection in September, about one million people who were once legal residents in the country face potential deportation.
"We should fold all of the TPS people that have been here for a considerable period of time and find a way for them to be on a path to citizenship", Kelly, one of US President Donald Trump's top aides, said. Nielsen issued her own statement Thursday evening saying the president is justifiably frustrated but that she is staying on the job.
Nielsen is responsible for those 20,000 border representatives who work in Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
One person familiar with Trump's blowup at the meeting said it was prompted by a discussion about why Mexico was not doing more to prevent illegal border crossings into the United States.
"Someone, as sources have put it, has gotten it in his head that she is a Bush family plant", Haberman wrote of Trump's suspicions of Nielsen. According to the Times, the president had viewed Nielsen and other D.H.S. officials as resistant to the family-separation policy, but the West Wing ultimately won out. "I share his frustration", Nielsen said in a statement.
Trump has growing increasingly angry about his inability to secure the border and has repeatedly called on Congress to pass new legislation to strengthen what he calls the nation's "horrible" immigration laws.
Trump has clashed with Nielsen for weeks.
Kelly told Fox News Friday that after Thursday's cabinet meeting, he phoned Nielsen to implore her not to quit.
During those discussions, officials had presented Trump with a list of proposals that would help border agents crack down on people crossing the border illegally and send them back more quickly.
Kelly said that while most illegal immigrants "are not bad people. they're also not people that would easily assimilate" into modern American society.
Trump considers Nielsen as well as different DHS officers ' are resisting directives that parents are separated from their children when people cross illegally in the united states of america, to discourage them from entering, the newspaper stated, citing the officers.